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Kenyatta will be First African leader to be hosted by President Biden at White House

The visit on Thursday comes only weeks after the Presidents of Ghana and Zambia were hosted by Vice President Kamala D. Harris at the White House.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya will be the first African leader to be hosted by U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at the White House since Mr. Biden was inaugurated about nine months ago.

The visit, on Thursday, comes only weeks after the Presidents of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo and Zambia Hakainde Hichilema were hosted by U.S. Vice President Kamala D. Harris at the White House.

President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, depart after delivering remarks about the situation in Afghanistan, Friday, August 20, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, depart after delivering remarks about the situation in Afghanistan, Friday, August 20, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Biden and Kenyatta will discuss “the strong U.S.-Kenyan bilateral relationship and the need to bring transparency and accountability to domestic and international financial systems,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Tuesday. “They will also discuss efforts to defend democracy and human rights, advance peace and security, accelerate economic growth, and tackle climate change. The meeting will build on the leaders’ phone call in February and on President Biden’s commitment to the U.S. partnership with Africa based on principles of mutual respect and equality.”

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|Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema speaks at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City

It is not clear whether President Biden will address issues regarding corruption with Kenyatta after the Pandora Papers showed that the Kenyan President and six members of his family have been linked to 13 offshore companies.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Biden has asserted that the fight against corruption will be at the center of his foreign policy agenda.

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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