Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Kenya to work with the United States on the UN Security Council and in other venues to address the crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
In a phone call with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo, Blinken acknowledged Kenya’s strong and durable multilateral engagement and welcomed the opportunity to cooperate closely with Kenya on the UN Security Council on matters of international concern.
He raised concerns about recent reports of atrocities and worsening humanitarian situation in the region.
The two diplomats also discussed the longstanding and important strategic partnership between the United States and Kenya.
“Secretary Blinken emphasised our commitment to working with Kenya to advance our shared interests in trade, democracy, human rights, global health, regional security, and climate change for the benefit of the American and Kenyan people,” the readout released on Tuesday, Match 2, said.
Kenya has been a regional powerhouse and key negotiator for peace in Somalia, South Sudan and the Sudan.
Last week on Thursday evening, on Thursday evening, President Joe Biden called his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta and committed to continue working closely with the new US administration.
In the telephone conversation, the statement said, the two leaders spoke about the strengthening Kenya-US bilateral ties, the economy, peace and security, climate change, human rights and the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa.
On peace and security, President Biden emphasised US’s continued commitment to working closely with Kenya in support of regional peace and security, including at the United Nations Security Council.
The United States has also asked international partners, especially the African Union and regional partners, to put pressure to address the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia, including through action at the UN and other relevant institutions.
In a statement on Saturday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US is “gravely concerned” by reported atrocities and the overall deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
“We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray. We are also deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis.”