US seeks Kenya’s cooperation to end South Sudan and Ethiopia conflicts

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo at the State Department on Friday, July 16, 2021

US Secretary of State on Friday met with Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo to promote diplomatic relations.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the meeting reaffirms the importance of the US-Kenya strategic partnership, which is critical to addressing shared priorities such as the fight against Covid-19 and the ongoing crises in Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Blinken on Friday said Kenya and the US have a “very important strategic partnership”, and are working together across the continent and beyond.

They met  at the State Department in the US.

“Secretary Blinken and Cabinet Secretary Omamo reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Kenya strategic partnership, highlighting shared global priorities including responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, addressing climate change, and investing in democracy and security in Africa,” the State Department said in a statement.

Blinken added that there is a lot to be done in Africa, and sough Kenya’s cooperation on the continent as Kenya sits at the UN Security Council.

He also announced that 1.7 Covid-19 vaccines donated by the US are enroute to Kenya.

“We thank you for the vaccine donation and for standing with us through this difficult period and for emphasizing that there is still hope and that all countries can build back better,” CS Omamo said.

Secretary Blinken and Cabinet Secretary Omamo also discussed the importance of Kenyan engagement on the ongoing crises in Ethiopia and South Sudan.

In March this year, Blinken has urged Kenya to work with the US on the UN Security Council and in other venues to address the crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

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