President Uhuru Kenyatta will meet with his host, US counterpart Joe Biden, on Thursday to discuss a range of issues including financial transparency, security and human rights, the White House announced on Tuesday.
< p> The meeting, which will be the first time that Biden receives an African President, against the background of various crises; one touches the Kenyan leader himself as well as the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the US leader would see the Kenyan counterpart in the White House in Washington to discuss issues on bilateral relations.
“Leaders will discuss the strong bilateral relations between the US and Kenya and the need to bring transparency and accountability into national and international financial systems,” she said in a statement .
“They will also discuss efforts to defend democracy and human rights, promote peace and security, accelerate economic growth and combat climate change.”
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President Kenyatta, who presides over, first traveled overseas a face-to-face meeting of the UN Security Council when claims surfaced in the Pandora papers as to what was going on A family overseas had estimated approximately $ 3 billion of money in offshore accounts. He promised to respond to the allegations when he returned later this week.
On the sidelines of the UN Security Council meeting, however, he pointed out that the revelations did not mention his name or imply any criminal motive .
“My name is primarily not there,” he said to a media monitor after the council meeting on Tuesday in New York.
“And secondly, it was not mentioned any illegality or of wrongdoing on my part, “he added, promising to give a” comprehensive “response later this week.
However, President Biden’s meeting means that President Kenyatta would have met three different US presidents in the White House in his nine year tenure. In February, Biden had called President Kenyatta and promised to continue US partnerships with Africa on the basis of “principles of mutual respect and equality.”
Biden did not have an African one Leaders met, even at the United Nations since he took power in January.
But that meeting also comes at a time when the US has been pressuring Ethiopia to go along the line and to start a dialogue with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, ruling party banned in Ethiopia.
Kenya, which is a member of the Security Council until next December, said Ethiopia needs encouragement and no sanctions for parties to lay down arms, Open humanitarian corridors and the future.
However, Addis Ababa has launched another air offensive on Tigray, which has worsened the security situation. Biden signed an executive order in September authorizing the imposition of sanctions on those who disturb the peace. The sanctions have not yet been implemented.