Biden To Welcome Kenyatta As First African Leader To Visit

Biden to welcome Kenyatta as first African leader to visit

Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Oct, 2021 ) :Joe Biden will welcome Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, in the first visit by an African leader to the White House during his presidency.

The summit will be part of "Biden's commitment to the US partnership with Africa based on principles of mutual respect and equality," a White House statement said Tuesday.

It said Biden and Kenyatta would discuss "the need to bring transparency and accountability to domestic and international financial systems," amid a push by the Biden administration to fight both corruption and inequities overseas.

The two will also "discuss efforts to defend democracy and human rights, advance peace and security, accelerate economic growth and tackle climate change," the White House said.

Biden has vowed to promote democracy overseas. Once-stable Kenya saw deadly political violence after 2017 elections, but Kenyatta has since made up with his former rival Raila Odinga.

Biden took office vowing a new commitment to Africa after the disinterest of his predecessor Donald Trump, who was the first president in decades not to visit sub-Saharan Africa.

But Biden has only gone on one international trip and has trimmed the number of visitors at the White House amid continued precautions against Covid-19.