US President Joe Biden has affirmed the importance of the strong US and Kenya bilateral relationship.
In a phone call to President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday, Biden also emphasized the United States’ continued commitment to working closely with Kenya to support regional peace and security, including at the United Nations Security Council.
According to a statement from the White House, the President applauded Kenya’s leadership in the Horn of Africa and commitment to counterterrorism, economic growth, addressing climate change, and sustainable development.
The two leaders are said to have discussed the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crises in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and the need to prevent further loss of life and ensure humanitarian access.
The leaders also discussed the need for cooperation on other matters of regional stability.
In his part, President Kenyatta expressed confidence that the conclusion of the ongoing negotiations for a Kenya-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will help further strengthen the strong economic ties between the two countries.
Kenya is the fourth largest trading partner of the US in Africa.
Kenya and the US launched the FTA negotiations on 8th July 2020 with the objective of reaching a comprehensive trade pact that can serve as a model for similar agreements in Africa.
” Once again, President Kenyatta thanked his American counterpart for the support Kenya continues to receive from the United States of America in sectors such as Healthcare, Economy, Security and Governance, and assured President Biden of the Kenyan Government’s strong commitment to continue working closely with the new US administration.” Said State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena