American President Joe Biden on Thursday evening, 25th February, telephoned his Kenyan counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, from the White House to discuss Kenya-US bilateral relations, climate change, and other issues.
In a statement from the White House, Biden affirmed the importance of the strong US-Kenya partnership, emphasizing the US continued commitment to working closely with Kenya to support regional peace and security, including at the United Nations Security Council.
He lauded Kenya’s leadership in the Horn of Africa and commitment to counterterrorism, economic growth, addressing climate change, and sustainable development.
The two leaders also 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.
They also spoke about the need for cooperation on other matters of regional stability.
President Kenyatta expressed confidence that the conclusion of the ongoing negotiations for a Kenya-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would further strengthen the 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.
The Kenyan leader thanked President Biden for the support Kenya continues to receive from the United States in sectors such as healthcare, economy, security, and governance, and assured the US of strong commitment to continue working closely together.
Kenya and the US have had cordial ties dating back to 1963 on economic and security issues.