President Biden to host Ruto at White House on May 23

White House, north and south sides. Photo:courtesy

United States President Joe Biden has planned to welcome President William Ruto to the White House this month, which will be a state visit after changing plans to visit Africa last year.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said recently that the visit set for May 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of US-Kenya diplomatic relations and “celebrate a partnership that is delivering for the people” of both States while affirming “our strategic partnership” with Ruto’s country.

“It will strengthen our shared commitment to advance peace and security, expand our economic ties, and stand together in defense of democratic values,” Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “The leaders will discuss ways to bolster our cooperation in areas including people-to-people ties, trade and investment, technological innovation, climate and clean energy, health, and security.”

The visit comes after Haiti said recently that it is developing official agreement with officials in the country to secure the long-awaited deployment of Kenyan police forces there.


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High-ranking officials from both countries met in the US recently for three days to develop a memorandum of understanding and set a deadline for the arrival of forces in Haiti.

First lady Jill Biden visited Kenya last February during a five-day tour. The White House also announced that both Ruto and first lady Rachel Ruto will be hosted for a dinner with the Bidens.

Vice President Kamala said, “I believe that we must think differently about the relationship between the United States and the continent of Africa. We look at the future of the continent and how it will affect the world: It is indisputable. There will be a direct impact.”

“In terms of the future, we must see the innovation that is currently happening there and partner with African leaders and nations,” she said. “And change the way we are thinking, in a way that is not about aid, but about partnership. Not what we do for the continent, but what we do with the continent and its leaders.”

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