Joe Biden promises stronger ties with Kenya during Pres Kenyatta Whitehouse visit
US President Joe Biden has promised a greater commitment to Kenya and the African continent in tackling global challenges. He spoke as he welcomed the first African leader, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta is the first African leader to visit the White House during the Biden administration.
President Joe Biden and his Kenyan counterpart promised to work together on climate change and ending violence in the Horn of Africa.
“I’m committed to further elevating our ties with Kenya and nations across Africa as a whole. But Kenya is the key,” Biden said.
Kenya is has been a longstanding US security partner in the Horn of Africa, working closely in Somalia to combat Al-Shabaab jihadists.
Kenya is currently the president of the UN Security Council for one month and is pushing to end fighting in Ethiopia, where hundreds of thousands of people are facing extreme hunger.
Pres Kenyatta spoke to Biden on the “fight against terrorism” and also on climate change, ahead of the UN climate conference due to take place in Glasgow next month.
“Our country, our continent is the least in terms of emitting but pays the highest price,” Kenyatta said.
Joe Biden has promised a new focus on democracy and praised Kenyatta’s record.
“I want to thank you for your leadership in defending the peace, security, and democratic instincts of the region and your country,” Biden said. “You’re doing a good job.”
Biden also announced a major new Covid vaccine donation for Africa. He promised that the United States would immediately donate another 17 million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the African Union.
Most of sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest vaccination rates due to the lack of indigenous production and prohibitive costs of mass purchases.
Kenyatta is the first African leader to visit Biden’s White House amid a