I Have No Control Over ‘Regrettable’ Travel Advisories Against Kenya – Obama

US President Barack Obama has said he regrets the travel advisories his government has constantly issued against Kenya but said he has no control over them.

Obama said the decisions to issue advisories are based on “circumstances” and advise by security and intelligence department.

“Travel advisories fall within the State Department. They are made by experts and it’s not an issue I can weigh on,”he said.

He spoke at a joint press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta after they held bilateral talks at State House, Nairobi on Saturday.

Obama however took issue with the media which he accused of exaggerating the matter.

“I recognize the alarm caused by travel advisories but it is unfortunate that the reports by media are exaggerated,” he said.

The US president said his administration is working with Kenya to secure the country from the threat of al Shabaab.

Following a spate of attacks by the Somalia-based terror group, European countries including the UK have issued advisories against travel to certain parts of Kenya.

Obama said US will increase funding to the security sector and provide necessary support in the war against terrorism.

Regarding direct flight to Kenya, the US President said his administration is working with Kenya to iron out pending issues.

“I cannot give dates but there are some issues like security that need to be worked out. We have sent officials to work with Kenyan officials to address them,” he said.

“It [direct flights] has great potential on business and tourism.”

Obama and Uhuru are co-hosting the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit taking place at the UN headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi.

He visited the 1998 bomb blast memorial park earlier in the day, and laid a wreath in memory of more than 200 people killed in the August 7 US embassy terror attack.