Covid-19, Climate change, and Security top agenda in Blinken State visit

United States of America(US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken commenced his two-day state visit in Kenya with key issues among them, Covid-19, climate change, regional peace and security taking center stage in talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In a meeting held at the State House on Wednesday, President Kenyatta thanked the American Government for the development support it continues to offer Kenya especially in the health sector, and once again reiterated Kenya’s deep desire to become a regional vaccines production and logistics hub.

On climate change, the President, welcomed American Government’s return to the Paris Agreement saying Kenya was keen on partnering with the US in advancing the climate agenda.

On his part, Secretary Blinken acknowledged Kenya’s tremendous progress in climate action particularly in the adoption of green energy solutions saying the US was keen on exploring new opportunities for partnership in the subject area.

“Our commitment to the U.S-Kenya Strategic Partnership is stronger than ever. From Covid-19 to climate change, to fostering and inclusive, growing economy, meeting global goals is not possible without partners like Kenya,” Blinken affirmed

President Kenyatta and Secretary Blinken also discussed regional peace and security, and explored new opportunities for collaboration in resolving ongoing regional conflicts and achieving sustainable peace in the Horn of Africa.

Blinken is on a three-day nation visit to Africa and is expected to later visit Senegal and Nigeria.


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