President William Ruto and Azimio leader Raila Odinga are expected in the US following an invitation by President Joe Bidden for the US-Africa Summit which is kicking off in Washington on Tuesday.
Whereas Mr. Odinga will be attending the summit on his capacity as Africa’s Envoy for Infrastructure, Dr. Ruto will be the leading the Kenya government delagation to the summit that will be attended by other African Presidents.
Over three days, around 42 African heads of state – plus African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Mahamat – and a host of business, civil society, diaspora and youth leaders will hold wide-ranging talks with the US administration in DC.
“This summit is an opportunity to deepen the many partnerships we have on the African continent,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said about the summit.
“We will focus on our efforts to strengthen these partnerships across a wide range of sectors spanning from businesses to health to peace and security, but our focus will be on Africa next week.”
President Ruto will depart for the US after presiding over the Jamhuri Day celebrations while Raila is expected in the Washington tomorrow Monday, December 12, 2022 and will remain there for the next five days.