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Biden Makes First Official Call To Uhuru

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Biden Makes First Official Call To Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta spoke with US President Joe Biden by phone Thursday evening for the first time since the American leader took office, the White House said.

During the call, Biden affirmed the importance of a strong US-Kenya bilateral relationship.

Biden also emphasized that the US will work closely with Kenya to support regional peace and security including at the United Nation’s Security Council.

The President also applauded Kenya’s commitment to counterterrorism, economic growth, and efforts to address climate change and sustainable development.

According to a statement from the White House, the two leaders discussed the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crises in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and the need to prevent further loss of lives.

The two leaders pledged to cooperate on matters of regional stability.

They also discussed the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crises in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Washington says the discussion was centered on the need to prevent further loss of life and ensure humanitarian access to the region.

“The President applauded Kenya’s leadership in the Horn of Africa and commitment to counterterrorism, economic growth, addressing climate change, and sustainable development,” the White House said.

“The leaders also discussed the need for cooperation on other matters of regional stability,” the statement reads.

President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed confidence that the conclusion of the ongoing negotiations for a Kenya-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will help further strengthen the strong economic ties between the two countries.

Kenya is the fourth largest trading partner of the US in Africa.

Earlier, Uhuru on December 1, 2020, phoned Joe Biden and congratulated him on winning the presidential election, weeks after the US went to the polls.

Biden’s administration has been making calls to various countries since he took over to give some sense of the President’s early priorities.

In Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sudan are some of the countries that have received calls from Biden’s administration.

Felicity Gitonga

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