The most powerful man, American President Joe Biden met President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya on Thursday, October 14, 2020. President Uhuru is the first African leader to meet with Biden since his transition to power as the President of the States.
“The U.S.-Kenya strategic partnership is essential,” Biden said, as the two leaders sat down in the Oval Office. “We both, I think, believe it is essential to addressing key regional and global challenges.”
The basis of their meeting is likely to be talks concerning the ongoing clashes in Tigray region of Ethiopia where the war has been going on for almost an year. The clashes has killed many innocent people and has plunged over 5.2 million people into humanitarian crisis and forced many to flee as refugees in the neighbouring countries, according to United Nation’s report.
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“Today, we’re going to discuss what more Kenya and the United States can do together on the Horn of Africa to advance peace and security,” Biden said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted that the two leaders discussed the problems facing Ethiopia in an outright manner determined to arrive to a permanent solution.
In September, Biden signed an executive order that threatens to impose sanctions to parties taking part in the ongoing conflict. The sanctions which have not yet been imposed would affect the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the federal governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea, the Amhara regional government, and other parties in the conflict.
Earlier on, President Uhuru had addressed the journalists at the United Nations that the conflicting parties in Ethiopia needed to reach a political resolution as military solution proved to be non-functioning.