Oct 19, 2021

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Joe Biden stresses peace in the Horn during meeting with Uhuru Kenyatta

Speaking to President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House, Biden said Kenya, a traditional ally of Washington, will play an important role, especially now that the region is facing various crises.

“Ours Nations share a deep commitment to fairness, respect and justice and I am determined to continue building our relationships with Kenya and the nations across Africa as a whole, but Kenya is key, “said Biden.

Biden had Financial transparency, peace and security in the Horn of Africa and climate change are listed as key areas where both countries will work together.

He also listed economic growth, but did not address trade issues between Kenya and the US stalled as part of areas the two heads of state or government would discuss “on the basis of the principles of mutual respect and equality.”

< A trade deal negotiated during Donald Trump's years has since stalled.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was the first African head of state to meet Biden since taking office in January.

On his fourth visit to the White House under three different American presidents, President Kenyatta said he welcomed US support to end crises in the region and develop trade.

US return to Paris Agreement

“During this very difficult time, the United States has done its best to help not only Kenya but the African continent in general with access to vaccines. As a continent, we lag far behind the rest of the world when it comes to vaccinating our population, “said President Kenyatta, referring to the vaccine shortage in Africa, where only about 5 percent of the population are vaccinated.

“Any additional support that the President has just mentioned is very much appreciated and we look forward to this kind of partnership.” Agenda.

President Kenyatta said he welcomed the US return to the Paris Agreement and indicated that this would help the US focus more on its commitment to reducing hazardous emissions.

“We are delighted that the United States has now rejoined (the Paris Agreement [on climate change]) and we look forward to working together on this particular agenda that, as you know, is our continent least of all issued, a Over pays the highest price. “.”

Before the meeting President Kenyatta, the current President of the UN Security Council, had said that climate change is now linked to or causes most of the conflicts on the continent. He called on the heads of state and government to prioritize further targeted proposals on climate change in conflict management.

In the eyes of the USA, Kenya could also be helpful in dealing with the conflict in the Ethiopian region of Tigray, where the UN now says: At least 900,000 people are living in “starvation-like” conditions after blocking humanitarian corridors.

The US had previously threatened sanctions against those who obstruct aid or refuse to engage in dialogue, but Kenya issued a warning Sanctions, pointing out that Ethiopians need encouragement, not threats.

The US has also pressured Ethiopia to enter into dialogue with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a once ruling party that is now in Ethiopia is prohibited.

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On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken announced further humanitarian aid worth 26 million US dollars for Tigram ay, but urged Ethiopia to allow independent investigators into the atrocities committed by both sides.

This meeting was, however, preceded by ac everything from a US Senator for Biden to the fight against corruption, political Prioritize violence and rising debt, suggesting that these were more bilateral issues with Kenyan governance.

Idaho’s Republican Senator Jim Risch, a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday the meeting between the two should focus on the endemic problems Kenya is facing as well as security concerns in neighboring Ethiopia.

The Senate said that Kenya as a strategic partner in East Africa will be supported to ensure regional security improve, especially in the fight against terrorism.

“However, I am still concerned about the deep corruption in the government that persists “Kenya is also preparing for a controversial election with a potentially violent ethnic dimension in 2022.”

The meeting took place when Kenya signed the UN Security Council for the month of October. But it is also because Kenya is facing violence in Laikipia, which the police say is fueled by bandits.

Kenya is also preparing for next year’s parliamentary elections, with the security situation uncertain after the vote. The last two parliamentary elections were followed by sporadic incidents of violence.