President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday held a closed-door meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden at the White House in Washington DC where the two leaders discussed a number of bilateral issues affecting Kenya and the United States.
”Our nations share a deep commitment of fairness to respect and equity and I am committed to elevating further our ties with Kenya and the nations across Africa as a whole, but Kenya is key,” President Biden said on Thursday.
The US president listed financial transparency, peace, and security in the Horn of Africa as well as climate change as crucial areas to discuss with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
On his part, President Kenyatta, who is on his fourth visit to the White House under three different American Presidents welcomed the US support to end crises in the African region, as well as develop trade.
”During this very difficult time, the United States has done its best to step up, by not only helping Kenya but the African continent in general in terms of vaccine access. As a continent, we are lagging way behind the rest of the world in terms of being able to vaccinate our people,” President Kenyatta said, while at the same time welcoming the US move to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.
”We are glad to see the United States has now rejoined (the Paris Agreement [on Climate Change) and we look forward to working together on that particular agenda which as you know our continent is the least in terms of emitting but pays the highest price,” Uhuru added.
Other areas of mutual interest between Kenya and the US are War on Terror and the strategic partnership between the two countries in Somalia.