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USA President Biden to host Kenyan president on Thursday

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden will host Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“The leaders will discuss the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Kenya, as well as the need to bring openness and accountability to domestic and international financial systems,” according to Psaki.

“They’ll also talk about how to safeguard democracy and human rights, promote peace and security, boost economic growth, and combat climate change,” she said.

Their visit will be Biden’s first bilateral talks with an African leader as president, and it will take place amid the ongoing violence and humanitarian disaster in Ethiopia’s Tigray area, which is one of Kenya’s neighbors.

Certain persons implicated in the Tigray conflict have been threatened with penalties by the Biden administration.

Papers from Pandora

President Kenyatta, who presided over an in-person UN Security Council meeting for the first time, traveled abroad as allegations surfaced in the Pandora Papers that his family had stowed money in offshore accounts worth nearly Sh3 billion. When he returns later this week, he has pledged to react to the allegations.

However, he stated on the sidelines of the UN Security Council meeting that the findings did not reference his name or imply a criminal motivation.

“First and foremost, my name is not there,” he told a media stake-out after the Council meeting in New York on Tuesday.

“Secondly, there has been no suggestion of any illegality or violation on my part,” he continued, vowing to respond “completely” later this week.

President Kenyatta, on the other hand, will have met three different US presidents at the White House during his nine years in office, thanks to President Biden’s visit. Biden called President Kenyatta in February, promising to continue US-Africa relations based on “principles of mutual respect and equality.”

Tigray Conflict

Since taking power in January, Biden had not met an African leader, even at the United Nations.

However, this meeting takes place at a time when the United States is pressuring Ethiopia to toe the line and begin talks with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a former ruling party that is now banned in Ethiopia.

Kenya, which will remain a member of the Security Council until December next year, has stated that Ethiopia requires encouragement rather than sanctions for parties to lay down arms, establish humanitarian corridors, and discuss the future.

However, Addis Ababa has launched yet another aerial offensive against Tigray, escalating the security situation. In September, Biden signed an executive order authorizing the implementation of sanctions on those who threaten the peace. The sanctions have yet to be put into effect.

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