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NAIROBI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Kenya expelled an Eritrean diplomat for security reasons a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Asmara of destabilising the region by supporting Somali rebels, Kenyan media said on Saturday.
Speaking in the Kenyan capital on Thursday, Clinton warned that the United States would take action against Eritrea if it did not stop backing hardline insurgents in Somalia including the al Shabaab group.
Western security agencies say Somalia is a haven for extremists planning attacks in the region and beyond.
Expectations are high as Kenyans await the arrival Tuesday of the U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the capital, Nairobi. Clinton's Kenya visit forms part of a seven-nation African trip that is set to depict Africa as an important part of President Barack Obama's agenda.
She is expected to meet President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga as well as other government officials.
But human rights groups hope Clinton will pressure Nairobi to commit to punishing the masterminds of the 2008 post-election violence that led to the death of at least 1300 Kenyans.