US President Joe Biden applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta and entire Kenya’s leadership in the Horn of Africa and commitment to counter-terrorism, economic growth, addressing climate change, and sustainable development during his first phone call to Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday evening.
Kenya has been at the fore front in the war against terrorism despite suffering worst terrorist attacks in the last decade. The attacks were largely orchestrated by Al Qaeda affliated group Al-Shabaab.
In 14 October 2011, Kenyan troops entered Somalia to launch a military offensive against Al-Shabaab, in an operation dubbed Operation Linda Nchi (Protect the Country) which later re-hated to AU’s African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and have consistently deployed troops, leading to the degrading of the once lethal terror entity.
In a press statement from the White House, President Biden and Kenyatta also discussed the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights in Ethiopia, Tigray Region and the need to prevent further loss of life and ensure humanitarian access.
Biden also emphasized the United States’ continued commitment to working closely with Kenya to support regional peace and security.