Kenya: I Look Forward to Engaging Biden On Mutually Beneficial Issues - President Ruto

16 February 2024

Nairobi — President William Ruto now says that he is looking forward to engaging with his American counterpart Joe Biden on a broad range of matters of mutual interest to our nations ahead of his State visit to Washington on May 23.

Ruto said minutes after the White House confirmed his visit that his discussions with President Biden will not only focus on sectors of economic, political and diplomatic spheres but also on "shared commitment to the fundamental values which define the strong policy convergence and robust strategic alignment of our enterprises, peoples and governments."

"This visit will provide an opportunity for our governments and nations to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations, which began at the dawn of Kenya's independence from colonial rule, and the birth of a free, open, democratic sovereign nation," he said.

He emphasized that Kenya sees this state visit as a significant opportunity to articulate a new era of dynamic partnership focused on transforming trade and investment, green energy, climate action, digital technology, and innovation.

Additionally, areas of discussion will include health and human development, peace and security, as well as multilateralism and collective action to promote shared prosperity for Kenya, Africa, the Global South, and the entire world.

President Ruto expressed gratitude to his American counterpart and First Lady Jill Biden for undertaking to hosting him at the White House.

While confirming Ruto's State Visit, White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, emphasised that the visit symbolizes the enduring partnership between Kenya and the US, which has yielded mutual benefits for citizens of both nations.

"The visit will strengthen our shared commitment to advance peace and security, expand our economic ties, and stand together in defense of democratic values," she said Friday.

Furthermore, the White House Press Secretary highlighted that discussions during the visit will encompass various areas of cooperation.

These include enhancing people-to-people connections, fostering trade and investment, promoting technological innovation, addressing climate change and clean energy initiatives, advancing healthcare, and bolstering security measures.

She underscored that the visit serves to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the Biden administration and Kenya, aligning with the vision outlined at the U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit.

The vision emphasizes the pivotal role of African leadership in addressing global priorities and shaping international discourse.

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