Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Martin Kimani has met United States President Joe Biden and tabled issues Kenya would like the US to help it address.
During the virtual meeting, Ambassador Kimani pushed for multilateralism at the United Nations and urged the United States to join the push for additional investments to strengthen the intergovernmental organization.
In regards to Kenya, Ambassador Kimani passed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regards to President Biden over his recent phone call where they two discussed issues of concern between the two nations.
On the issue of climate change, Ambassador Kimani appealed to the United State to consider investing more in Kenya and Africa arguing that without the necessary resources, Kenya and the African continent may lag behind on matters of responding to climate change.
Addressing Kenya’s Free Trade Agreement negotiation with the United States, Ambassador Kimani noted that such an agreement will play a critical role in improving the living standards of Kenyans by opening up new trade opportunities.
The high-profile meeting was attended by President Biden’s Special Envoy for Climate Change Mr. John Kerry and Mr. Jon Finer; the United States Principal Deputy National Security Advisor.
The meeting came a few days after President Biden had his first call with President Kenyatta.
During the meeting, Biden affirmed the importance of a strong US-Kenya bilateral relationship and assured President Kenyatta that his administration will work closely with Kenya in matters of security and other areas.
“President Kenyatta thanked his American counterpart for the support Kenya continues to receive from the United States of America in sectors such as Healthcare, Economy, Security and Governance, and assured President Biden of the Kenyan Government's strong commitment to continue working closely with the new US administration, read a statement from State House, Nairobi.