Uhuru Kenyatta third African leader to meet Trump at White House


Uhuru Kenyatta third African leader to meet Trump at White House
From L-R: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, U.S. President Donald Trump, America's First Lady Melania Trump and Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Trump and Kenyatta discussed the direct flights from Nairobi to New York by Kenya Airways.
  • They cited AGOA as one of the main areas that is set to benefit from the direct flights from Nairobi.
  • First Ladies Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta held separate private talks in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the West Wing of the White House.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s historic visit to the White House makes him the third African leader to hold direct talks with America’s Donald Trump.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi met Trump in April 2017 while Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari held talks with the American leader at the White House in April this year.

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The talks between the U.S. and Kenyan leaders are a major boost to President Kenyatta’s Big Four development agenda as well as the renewed war against corruption and economic crimes in the country.

On Monday, President Kenyatta held a bilateral meeting with Trump and invited the US to increase its trade and investments in Africa.

“We have had very strong and excellent cooperation with the US in security and defence, especially in the fight against terrorism. Most important, we are here looking to enhance our partnership in trade and investment,” President Kenyatta said.

Speaking at the Cabinet Office in the White House, Presidents Kenyatta and Trump also agreed to bolster the Kenya-US partnership in peace and security especially in the Horn of Africa region.

On his part, President Trump said Kenya and the US will continue to work together to grow their partnership in trade, investments and security.

“We do a lot of tourism, we do a lot of trade and defence. And we working very much in security right now,” President Trump said. The US President added: “We appreciate very much your being with us here.”

PHOTO/JACQUE MARIBE
The bilateral meeting between Kenyan and American State officials at the Cabinet Office in the White House. PHOTO/JACQUE MARIBE

The two leaders also discussed the direct flights from Nairobi to New York by Kenya Airways that are set to commence in October and agreed that they will boost tourism and trade for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

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They cited the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as one of the main areas that is set to benefit from the direct flights from Nairobi.

Earlier, President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta were formally received by their hosts President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump when they arrived at the White House at 2.00pm Washington DC time (9.00pm, Nairobi time on Monday).

After the official welcome formalities, President Trump ushered President Kenyatta into the Oval Office for one-on-one talks before joining their respective delegations for the bilateral talks in the Cabinet Room.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Donald Trump at the White House with First Ladies Margaret Kenyatta and Melania Trump. Photo/JACQUE MARIBE
Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Donald Trump with First Ladies Margaret Kenyatta and Melania Trump in the Oval Office at the White House. Photo/JACQUE MARIBE

 

Similarly, First Ladies Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta held separate private talks in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the West Wing of the White House.

First Ladies Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta at the White House. PHOTO/JACQUE MARIBE
First Ladies Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta at the White House. PHOTO/JACQUE MARIBE

 

Before the White House visit, President Kenyatta earlier met and addressed members of the US Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunities created by his Big Four development blueprint by investing more in Kenya.

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