5 April 2013

Kenya: Obama Sends Special Message to Uhuru

Nairobi — President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have received a congratulatory message from US President Barrack Obama on their election in last month's General Election.

In the congratulatory message that was delivered to the president-elect at his KICC office by America's ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, President Obama said the electoral process and the peaceful adjudication of disputes that ensued are testaments to the progress Kenya has made in strengthening its democratic institutions.

Obama said," Now that your election has been confirmed, you have the opportunity to build on the promise of Kenya's Constitution and solidify its place as a vibrant and prosperous democracy centred on the rule of law".

The US president further noted that since Kenya's independence in 1963, America and Kenya have been strong partners united by a shared commitment to democracy, security and opportunity.

"Together we have faced many problems and solved many challenges and our cooperation has benefitted both of our peoples," he added.

During the meeting, President-elect Kenyatta said Kenya regards the US as a valuable development partner and ally in addressing regional challenges especially terrorism, insecurity, money laundering and piracy.

The president-elect said he looked forward to strengthening ties and cooperation between Kenya and the US for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The president-elect expressed his government's commitment to nurturing a philosophy of constructive engagements in which diplomatic contacts would be between the democratically elected leaders.

He further emphasised that his government looked forward to continued cooperation with the US and the international community in general in the consolidation of peace in Somalia in order to ensure the country does not become a breeding and training ground for terrorists who pose a security threat to Kenya, the region and the world at large.

On the domestic front, the president-elect said the immediate priority of his government was uniting the people of Kenya adding that he looked forward to the support of the US and other development partners in managing the country's diversity.

In attendance during the talks were outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Ongeri, Permanent Secretaries Thuita Mwangi and Mutea Iringo among senior government officials.

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