President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday held a virtual meeting at State House, Nairobi with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
During their meeting, President Kenyatta and Blinken deliberated on trade and investment opportunities between the two countries in light of the Kenya-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
Accompanied by Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo and Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua, the Head of State highlighted possible areas of partnership between Kenya and the United States in various sectors like; health, climate, security, human rights and the issue of refugees.
President Kenyatta committed to strengthening Kenya’s relationship with the United States and applauded US President Joe Biden for his commitment on the issue of climate change.
The President’s meeting with Secretary Blinken came hours after the head of State spoke with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on phone.
According to a statement by State House, Kenyatta and the Prime Minister discussed several matters of mutual interest, top among them the Global Education Summit which Kenya and the UK will co-host in July.
Through the Summit, Kenya and the UK aim to raise 5 billion USD, the amount needed to get 175 million children into school around the world.
Besides the Summit, President Kenyatta and PM Johnson talked about Kenya-UK collaboration in the fight against Covid-19, climate change and, regional security and peace.
On Covid-19, the President and the Prime Minister explored new avenues of collaboration including research on identifying new mutations of the virus and accelerated access to vaccines.
President Kenyatta and PM Johnson expressed concerns on the unfolding political situation in Somalia and resolved to work more closely through the UN Security Council, the Commonwealth, and other multilateral platforms to ensure regional peace and stability.
On climate change, the President and the Prime Minister exchanged notes ahead of COP26 in Glasgow and explored opportunities for partnerships in areas such as renewable energy where Kenya is an African success story.