Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Biden meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House

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President Joe Biden will meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House on Thursday, at his first official meeting with the leader of an African nation.

 

The White House said the bilateral meeting will focus on the nations’ diplomatic relations and the government’s commitment to the US partnership.

 

“They will also discuss efforts to defend democracy and human rights, promote peace and security, accelerate economic growth, combat climate change and the need to bring transparency and accountability into national and international financial systems,” it said a White House statement.

 

The civil war in Ethiopia is expected to deserve some attention from both leaders at the meeting. Kenyatta has called for a political solution and dialogue between Ethiopian leaders and Tigray rebels.

 

Biden signed an ordinance last month authorizing economic sanctions against Ethiopian leaders over the fighting in the Tigray region, where the conflict has stalled humanitarian aid and brought Ethiopians to the brink of famine for much of the past year.

 

Kenyatta, President of the United Nations Security Council, was mentioned in the Pandora Papers. It linked him and six family members with offshore holdings valued at more than $ 30 million.

 

Kenyatta denies the allegations.

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