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Statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the State Visit of President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto of   Kenya

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will host President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto of the Republic of Kenya for a State Visit to the United States on May 23, 2024. The upcoming visit will mark the 60th anniversary of U.S.-Kenya diplomatic relations and will celebrate a partnership that is delivering for the people of the United States and Kenya. The visit will strengthen our shared commitment to advance peace and security, expand our economic ties, and stand together in defense of democratic values. The leaders will discuss ways to bolster our cooperation in areas including people-to-people ties, trade and investment, technological innovation, climate and clean energy, health, and security.  The visit will affirm our strategic partnership with Kenya and further the vision set forth at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: African leadership is essential to addressing global priorities.

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Biden plans to welcome Kenyan president to White House for state visit in May

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FILE - The White House is seen at sunset in Washington, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. President Joe Biden plans to welcome Kenyan President William Ruto to the White House in May, hosting a state visit after reneging on his promise to visit Africa last year. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced Friday that the visit set for May 23. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to welcome Kenyan President William Ruto to the White House in May, hosting a state visit after reneging on his promise to visit Africa last year .

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced Friday that the visit set for May 23 will mark the 60th anniversary of U.S.-Kenya diplomatic relations and “celebrate a partnership that is delivering for the people” of both countries while affirming “our strategic partnership” with Ruto’s country.

It “will strengthen our shared commitment to advance peace and security, expand our economic ties, and stand together in defense of democratic values,” Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “The leaders will discuss ways to bolster our cooperation in areas including people-to-people ties, trade and investment, technological innovation, climate and clean energy, health, and security.”

Word of Ruto’s visit comes after Haiti announced this week that it is working on an official agreement with Kenyan officials to secure the long-awaited deployment of Kenyan police forces there. High-ranking officials from both countries recently met in the U.S. for three days to draft a memorandum of understanding and set a deadline for the arrival of forces in Haiti from the east African country.

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Jean-Pierre added Friday that, beyond Kenya, Rutto’s visit to Washington will “further the vision” that “African leadership is essential to addressing global priorities.”

First lady Jill Biden traveled to Kenya last February during a five-day, two-country tour of the continent. The White House also confirmed that both Ruto and Kenyan first lady Rachel Ruto will be honored with a dinner with the Bidens.

The White House hosted a state dinner celebrating close ally Australia in October , which followed the president’s skipping a stop in that country earlier in 2023 to focus on debt limit talks in Washington. But those festivities last fall were toned down some given Israel’s ongoing war with Hamas .

Biden said in December 2022 that he would visit sub-Saharan Africa the following year, which would have made him the first U.S. president to travel there in a decade. The president pledged at the end of a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington with 49 leaders, in which he suggested the continent would be a strategic focus as the U.S. made political and financial commitments.

But other priorities interceded in 2023. Biden pulled off last-minute trips to Israel and Vietnam , as well as a secretive journey to Ukraine . He ended last year by skipping a December U.N. climate change conference in Dubai, while sending Vice President Kamala Harris in his place , and never scheduled an Africa trip.

Biden is now seeking reelection in November’s election while juggling a host of pressing foreign security matters, including the Israel-Hamas war and continuing discussion in Congress over proposed foreign aid for Ukraine amid its war with Russia .

On Friday he traveled to East Palestine, Ohio, making good on months of saying he’d visit the site of a Norfolk Southern train derailment that spilled a cocktail of hazardous chemicals and caught fire in February 2023.

Vice President Kamala also spoke Friday at the Munich Security Conference and was asked about Washington’s “growing transitional mindset” toward Africa — a characterization she disputed, countering that “the future has to be about partnership and investment.”

“I believe that we must think differently about the relationship between the United States and the continent of Africa,” the vice president said, adding, “We look at the future of the continent and how it will affect the world: It is indisputable. There will be a direct impact.”

Harris noted that the median age on the African continent is 19 and that population growth means that, in coming decades, as many as 1 in 4 people in the world will live there.

“In terms of the future, we must see the innovation that is currently happening there and partner with African leaders and nations,” she said. “And change the way we are thinking, in a way that is not about aid, but about partnership. Not what we do for the continent, but what we do with the continent and its leaders.”

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Biden names Kenya a major non-NATO ally during state visit

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President Biden greets Kenya's President William Ruto at the South Portico of the White House on May 22. The two leaders met with a group of tech CEOs the day before the official state visit.

President Biden greets Kenya's President William Ruto at the South Portico of the White House on May 22. The two leaders met with a group of tech CEOs the day before the official state visit. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images/AFP hide caption

President Biden welcomed Kenya’s President William Ruto for a state visit on Thursday, a trip aimed at showing his administration wants to deepen U.S. ties with the African continent.

As part of a long list of new agreements with Kenya, Biden announced he plans to designate the country as a major non-NATO ally, which comes with some defense trade benefits.

Haiti's notorious gang leader, Barbecue, says his forces are ready for a long fight

Haiti's notorious gang leader, Barbecue, says his forces are ready for a long fight

Kenya will be the first sub-Saharan African nation to receive the designation, which recognizes the country’s contributions to counterterrorism work, and its work leading a multinational force in Haiti.

The Biden administration is backing Kenya's work in Haiti with funding, equipment and intelligence — but the United States is not contributing forces. "We're in a situation where we want to do all we can without us looking like America once again is stepping over and deciding, 'This is what must be done,'" Biden told reporters.

Debt relief was a focus of the talks

It’s been a long time since an African leader had the honor of a state visit. Former President George W. Bush rolled out the red carpet for Ghana in 2008 and Kenya in 2003. Former President Barack Obama had a summit with a state-like dinner for 50 leaders in 2014.

“This is the first state visit by an African head of state in nearly 20 years. It is long overdue,” Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters.

President Biden, Kenyan President William Ruto, and their spouses walk back to the White House after a formal arrival ceremony on the South Lawn on May 23.

President Biden, Kenyan President William Ruto, and their spouses walk back to the White House after a formal arrival ceremony on the South Lawn on May 23. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/Getty Images North America hide caption

Biden met with technology business leaders from Kenya and the United States on Wednesday, recognizing the country’s growth in the tech sector. The leaders also discussed climate change during their meetings.

"it is important for us to appreciate that many countries in Africa, including Kenya, are struggling with an overwhelming convergence of multiple shocks, including extreme climate events, debt distress, and the disruptive upheavals in Europe and the Middle East, whose cumulative impact is to divert national resources from investment in people and economic growth into managing climate induced crisis and servicing sovereign debt," Ruto said.

The leaders agreed on new funding and a new approach to mobilizing debt relief. "Too many nations are forced to make a choice between development and debt between investing in their people and paying back their creditors," Biden said.

Biden had promised to visit Africa. But he hasn't been there yet

China, Russia and other nations have been actively investing in the continent, and Biden has sought to try to reestablish U.S. influence, starting with a summit in 2022.

Vice President Harris wiped away tears as she toured Ghana's Cape Coast slave castle

Vice President Harris wiped away tears as she toured Ghana's Cape Coast slave castle

Since then, Vice President Harris, first lady Jill Biden and seven of Biden’s cabinet members have since visited Africa, but Biden himself has not, despite promising to do so. He told reporters on Wednesday that he would travel there in February – a goal that obviously will hinge on whether he wins reelection.

In the evening, Biden will hold a gala with performances by the Howard Gospel Choir and country star Brad Paisley in what first lady Jill Biden described to reporters as “an elegant dinner under the stars, in a pavilion made almost entirely of glass, looking up at our one sky.”

First lady Jill Biden arrives at a press preview of the state dinner for Kenya on May 22.

First lady Jill Biden arrives at a press preview of the state dinner for Kenya on May 22. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images/AFP hide caption

Kenyan president's visit: A snub, a state dinner and a major 'non-NATO' ally designation

Lawmaker calls it an 'affront to american diplomacy' for house speaker mike johnson to not invite president william ruto to give an address to a joint session of congress.

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WASHINGTON — What's on the menu at the White House for visiting Kenyan President William Ruto: Smoked short ribs and buttered lobster. What's not on the menu: An invitation for the African leader to address a joint session of Congress.

That missing course has left many lawmakers fuming.

Even as President Joe Biden gets ready to treat Ruto and his wife, Rachel, to a sumptuous state dinner Thursday night, some fear the absence of an honor that has been accorded to all recent visiting heads of state could leave a bitter aftertaste.

Many prominent lawmakers are upset over House Speaker Mike Johnson's rejection of a joint meeting of Congress with Ruto, which was proposed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to "underscore the importance of the U.S-Kenya relationship." His office cited "scheduling" issues for the denial.

Ruto’s trip is the first state visit by a Kenyan president to the United States in two decades and the first by an African leader since 2008. The last African leader to address Congress was Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who spoke in the House chamber in 2006.

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'Affront to American diplomacy'

In a letter to Johnson, Rep. Steven Horsford, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, called the move an "affront to American diplomacy," adding that it was "especially troubling" given that other heads of state who have come to the U.S. for an official visit during the 118 th Congress have been invited to address Congress.

The letter, signed by more than 60 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, demanded that Ruto be "treated with the same respect granted to other heads of state."

Recent heads of state including Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kashida, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Israeli President Isaac Herzog, and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol have all addressed the joint session of Congress.

"Failing to invite President Ruto sends a dangerous message to the world," Horsford wrote. "About which countries the United States Congress deems worthy of addressing Congress and diminishes the importance of our nation’s relationship with the continent of Africa."

Lawmakers warn 'adversaries' are working to dent U.S. alliances

Asked about his decision, Johnson’s office sent a statement to USA TODAY saying "scheduling restraints" were the reason for the lack of invitation.

“We offered the Kenyan embassy over 90 minutes of engagement including a one-on-one visit with Speaker Johnson, bipartisan leadership meeting with Speaker Johnson, Leader Jeffries, and Committee Chairmen and Ranking Members, and a bicameral meeting,” the statement said of the meeting that took place on Wednesday.

Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, along with other lawmakers, also wrote to Johnson pointing out how "adversaries" like China, Russia, and Iran were working to subvert America’s alliances, particularly in Africa.

The East African nation, which is getting ready to deploy its police force in Haiti as the Caribbean country deals with the ongoing gang crisis, is emerging as a vital African partner to the U.S. Johnson’s choice not to provide Ruto the opportunity to address Congress helps create an opening for autocratic adversaries to make inroads in African public opinion, lawmakers warned, adding: "The people of Kenya deserve more respect."

Ruto’s visit marks 60 years of official U.S.-Kenya partnership “founded on shared values, deep cooperation, and a common vision for the future,” according to the White House. Biden is also expected to inform Congress on Thursday that he intends to designate Kenya as a major “non-NATO Ally." It's a designation granted by the United States to countries with close and strategic working relationships with the U.S. military and defense civilians.

Among other partnerships the two countries will work on include global peace and security, economic development, human rights, and tackling the climate crisis.

The state dinner, a glamorous diplomatic tool, will set the stage for a “friendship that will endure, helping create a shining and prosperous tomorrow,” said first lady Jill Biden.

Roses and orchids

On Thursday night, guests will dine under the stars, in a pavilion made of glass and glowing with candles.

The décor for the evening reflects the first lady's love of candlelight which she favors to make guests feel as if they're at home, even when they're part of a large group, said Bryan Rafanelli, the event planner for the evening.

The space, saturated with warm pinks and reds, will be decorated with roses and orchids representing the United States and Kenya.

"As guests leave their path illuminated by our one moon," said Biden. "I hope they will be filled with the same warmth that I felt on my visits to Kenya.”

S wapna Venugopal Ramaswamy is a White House correspondent for USA TODAY.   You can follow her on X, formerly Twitter, @SwapnaVenugopal

Biden Is Honoring Kenya With State Visit as the East African Nation Prepares to Send Police to Haiti

President Joe Biden has welcomed Kenyan President William Ruto to the White House to kick off a three-day state visit

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President Joe Biden welcomes Kenya's President William Ruto to the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden welcomed Kenyan President William Ruto to the White House for a three-day state visit and designating the East African nation a major non-NATO ally as it prepares to deploy forces to Haiti as part of U.N.-led effort to address the security crisis in the Caribbean country.

Some 1,000 Kenyan police officers are set to arrive soon in Haiti, part of a multilateral security support mission that aims to help quell gang violence . Other countries expected to back up Kenyan forces include the Bahamas, Barbados, Benin, Chad and Bangladesh.

The largely symbolic designation by Biden was described by two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to preview an announcement that will come later during Ruto’s state visit, which began with a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon with American and Kenyan tech leaders.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off this visit,” Biden said at the start of the leaders' meeting with tech executives. “Our people have brought us forward and pioneered new technologies that are transforming millions of lives. I mean, literally millions of lives. And we’re going to go beyond that.”

But looming large over the visit is the deployment of Kenyan forces to Haiti.

The United States for years has partnered with Kenya on counterterrorism efforts in Africa, including battling the extremist group al-Shabab. Kenya has participated in the Ukraine Defense Contact Group and an international maritime task force launched by the Biden administration in December in response to Houthi attacks against vessels operating in the Red Sea.

Ruto's decision to send police forces to Haiti was welcomed by Biden administration officials as an unprecedented undertaking and a show of global leadership by Kenya.

The U.S. is “firmly committed to supporting” the Kenyan deployment, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters, and appreciative of the “strong, principled, consistent stance” the country has taken in backing Ukraine.

Kenya is the first African nation since 2008 to be honored by the U.S. with a state visit.

Ruto, who also met with House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., at the Capitol, said he would look to use the visit in part to share his concerns about the challenges caused by heavy debt loads in Kenya and across Africa.

Kenya’s debt-to-GDP ratio tops 70%, with much of it owed to China. Credit ratings agency Fitch estimates it will spend almost one-third of its government revenues just on interest payments this year. Ruto said the talks will address “how we can have a fairer international financial system where all countries are treated equally.”

Sullivan said the visit would include announcements from the leaders on ”how the international community can step up to mitigate the mounting burden of debt and unleash inclusive growth.”

Biden and Ruto will hold formal talks and a joint news conference on Thursday before a state dinner . Ruto is also set to participate Friday in an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with Vice President Kamala Harris.

The U.S. and Kenya are marking their 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. White House officials said the leaders' agenda will include trade and investment, technological innovation, climate and clean energy, health and security.

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said the two countries would announce “substantial commitments" to elevate Kenya's technological sector. Kenya hosts Google and Microsoft offices and has positioned itself as the technology hub of East Africa, known as the Silicon Savannah.

“I think we have a historic moment to explore investment opportunities between Kenya and the United States,” Ruto said. “And my being here today is a confirmation that we are moving from ideas into action and from opportunities into investments and hopefully we will be able to sign off some of those investments."

Biden gathered dozens of African leaders in Washington in December 2022 to make the case that the United States under his watch was “all in" on Africa’s future and laid out billions in promised government funding and private investment on the continent in health, infrastructure, business and technology. The Democrat also promised to visit sub-Saharan Africa in 2023.

But other priorities got in the way last year, including the Israel-Hamas war and Biden's long battle with Republicans to renew funding for Ukraine in its war with Russia. The promised visit to Africa by Biden never materialized. Biden, who faces a tough reelection battle in November, said in an exchange with reporters as Ruto arrived at the White House that he still plans to go to Africa.

“I plan on going in February after I’m reelected,” Biden said.

All the while, Russia has tried to expand its economic and military influence across Africa. U.S. troops were recently ordered out of Niger by the West African country’s ruling junta and are expected to complete their withdrawal by the middle of September . Meanwhile, Russia has deployed military trainers to Niger.

The United States has also fallen well behind rival China in investment in Africa, which has become a key battleground in the competition between the major powers.

Biden and his aides say they expect stiff economic competition with Beijing in Africa, but have sought to make the case that Washington is a far more reliable partner in Africa for the long-term.

To that end, Biden acted early in his presidency to devote more attention on Africa than his most recent predecessors, including by hosting nearly 50 leaders for the U.S.-Africa leaders summit in December 2022. But since the summit, analysts say, the administration's engagement has trailed off.

Cameron Hudson, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Africa Program, noted that that Biden has hosted just one African leader, Angola President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, for talks at the White House since the summit.

“This visit today feels a bit like a fig leaf, not just for the Kenyans but for Africa in general, and a kind of a placeholder for the administration to say: All of those things that we said early on in the administration, they all remain true,” Hudson said.

Ruto is looking to use the visit to bolster his standing on the world stage and he believes sending Kenyan police to Haiti will go a long way toward that broader goal, said Macharia Munene, a professor of international relations at the United States International University-Africa.

“Ruto would like to be recognized, particularly in the West as the leader of the Africans. And this kind of recognition boosts that desire,” Munene said.

Ruto has said that with the mission to Haiti, Kenya's aim is to “formulate actionable strategies that will lead to long-term solutions” in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation. Haiti has endured poverty, political instability and natural disasters for decades. The U.S. has agreed to provide the U.N.-backed mission direct financial assistance along with training, logistical and material support.

But Ruto's plan to involve Kenyan police in a crisis thousands of miles away has also been met with some opposition in Nairobi, including legal challenges aimed at blocking the deployment of police forces and long-standing concerns over alleged abuses by police.

Associated Press writers Evelyne Musambi in Nairobi, Kenya, Sudhin Thanawala in Atlanta, Seung Min Kim aboard Air Force One and Darlene Superville contributed to this report.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) meets with Kenyan President William Ruto (L) in New York City on September 21, 2023, on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly.

What’s at Stake in Kenyan President William Ruto’s State Visit to the U.S.?

The Kenyan president is the first African leader invited for a state visit to the U.S. in fifteen years. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Meron Elias examines what both sides hope to gain from a trip that comes amid sharpening geopolitical competition in Africa.

What is happening?

On 23 May, President William Ruto will begin a state visit to the U.S. The trip will be closely watched in East Africa and beyond. It unfolds at a time when the U.S. has grown increasingly reliant on Kenya as its main security, diplomatic and economic partner in the Horn of Africa, if not (at least in some respects) on the whole continent. Ruto will seek to use the visit to consolidate Kenya’s position as a privileged regional counterpart on these issues and to look for badly needed U.S. investment. The Kenyan economy, sagging under a large load of  debt , could use any help it can get.

The U.S. hopes to draw benefits from the visit, too. President Ruto will be only the sixth head of state – after the leaders of South Korea, France, India, Australia and Japan – to be accorded a state visit during the Biden presidency. President Joe Biden will hope the engagement sends the message that the U.S. remains invested in Africa in a period of growing competition with its key geopolitical rivals, China and Russia. Beijing and Moscow have aggressively courted allies on the continent over the past two decades. The Biden administration will roll out many of the flourishes associated with such visits: Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto will join a welcome ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, attend a state dinner and be feted at a luncheon hosted by the vice president and secretary of state. A stop at the Pentagon and a wreath laying ceremony at Joint Base Andrews are also planned.

What is likely to be on the agenda?

Kenyan and U.S. officials will have plenty to cover over the course of the three-day visit. On the security front, Kenya has committed to send a 1,000-person paramilitary police force to battle the gangs that have taken over swathes of the Haitian capital and  triggered a devastating humanitarian crisis. Reports over the weekend  suggested that U.S. contractors are already on the ground building bases from which the Kenyan forces will operate. The two sides remain apart on a number of issues, however, with Nairobi demanding the U.S. do more to rally financial support for the UN basket fund that will cover the mission’s costs. Kenya also wants the U.S. to commit greater backing to stemming the flow of arms into Haiti, including from U.S. ports in Florida. The two sides will doubtless also discuss counter-terrorism collaboration. Kenya hosts a U.S. air base in its northern Lamu county and cooperates with U.S. troops in security operations in part aimed at blunting the threat of Al-Shabaab’s lethal insurgency in neighbouring Somalia.

Regional diplomacy is likely to feature, too. Kenya pulled its troops out of the Democratic Republic of Congo in December 2023, and, partly at Washington’s urging, continues trying to play a role in brokering a settlement among the numerous armed groups in that country’s conflict-riven east. Former President Uhuru Kenyatta is a monitor designated under the tenuous November 2022 agreement that ended the civil war in Ethiopia’s northernmost region Tigray. More recently, Kenya has been hosting talks among factions from South Sudan. It has also, with U.S. backing, been engaged in back-channel diplomacy designed to ease tensions following the Ethiopia-Somaliland  agreement reached on New Year’s day, which allowed Addis Ababa to establish a naval base in Somaliland. That deal drew the ire of Somalia, which does not recognise Somaliland’s 1991 declaration of independence.

For Ruto, trade and investment issues will be at the top of the agenda. Nairobi badly needs more external investment. One of Ruto’s key campaign pledges was to turn around the country’s struggling economy and improve the lot of those at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid. He has struggled to fulfil that promise, instead imposing an ever-increasing number of taxes aimed at raising funds to pay off the country’s substantial sovereign debt. In December 2021, Biden tapped billionaire former business executive Meg Whitman to be U.S. ambassador to Kenya. Whitman has in the last two years been a strong advocate for greater U.S. investment in Kenya, citing its diversified economy and young, well-educated population. Ruto hopes to take that message to investors on stops outside Washington, including in Atlanta, a commercial hub in the southern U.S. state of Georgia. There, meetings have been planned with the leaders of Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, which has been negotiating for months to get a stake in Kenya’s flagship carrier Kenya Airways. The Kenyan president will further seek a long extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act – a trade agreement allowing African states to have duty-free access to the U.S. market. He hopes an extension lasting as long as fifteen years will encourage U.S. businesses to make long-run bets on Kenya.

Finally, U.S. and Kenyan officials will surely discuss global issues of mutual interest. Since his investiture in 2022, President Ruto has been particularly vocal about the need to mitigate the effects of climate change. That will doubtless be a topic of conversation during his trip. Over the past few weeks, at least 267 people have died amid some of the worst  flooding Kenya has seen in decades.

What is the state of U.S.-Kenya relations?

Washington and Nairobi are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties in 2024. Though presently quite strong, relations between the historical allies have not always been smooth.

Perhaps the nadir in the bilateral relationship came in the period following post-electoral violence that left more than 1,000 dead in late 2007 and early 2008. Kenyatta and Ruto – rivals at the time – were  charged at the International Criminal Court with atrocity crimes related to the violence. The U.S. strongly supported the cases in The Hague, seeing them as an opportunity to end a culture of impunity among Kenya’s political class. In a surprise development, Kenyatta and Ruto then struck an alliance and contested the 2013 election on a joint ticket, with Kenyatta as the presidential candidate and Ruto as his running mate. Their opponent was then-Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The U.S. vocally opposed the Kenyatta-Ruto ticket. In an admonition that has gone down in Kenyan political lore, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson  warned the electorate not to vote for the indicted pair. “Choices have consequences”, he said, implying that relations with the U.S. would suffer if Kenyatta and Ruto won. In the event, Kenyatta and Ruto won, riding a wave of nationalist sentiment propelled by animus toward perceived meddling by both Washington and the Court. That led to a period of tensions, with the new government courting Beijing and Moscow. The collapse of the cases between 2014 and 2016  amid   allegations of witness interference and tampering presaged a thaw in relations that both Washington and Nairobi clearly perceived to be of mutual interest.

Today, ties are strong, but the undertow of negative sentiment lingers. Influential Africa watchers in Washington still view Ruto with suspicion, according to U.S. officials. Although fears that he would roll back media freedom and crack down on civil society if he won election in 2022 have proven overblown, the U.S. will press Ruto on the question of consolidating Kenya’s democracy. It is perhaps no coincidence that organisers plan that one of his first stops will be at the Carter Center, an NGO in Atlanta that counts democracy promotion among its core missions. The Center was founded by Jimmy Carter, the 39th U.S. president, and his wife Rosalynn. Ruto will also visit the Carter presidential museum, where he will face an audience of civil society actors in a question-and-answer session. Perhaps in anticipation, Ruto on 11 May  announced that his government would operationalise legislation passed fifteen years ago designed to offer Kenyan civil society a predictable regulatory environment. This law, the Public Benefits Organisation Act, was endorsed by parliament in 2013, but authorities in Nairobi, who tend to view civil society with suspicion, declined to implement it.

What might the two sides draw from the visit?

The U.S. no doubt hopes that the trip – and the red-carpet treatment that Ruto receives – will signal its continued commitment to investing in and partnering with African counterparts. It will be the first state visit by an African leader since President George W. Bush invited Ghana’s John Kufuor to the White House in 2008. It also comes at a time when the U.S. has seemed to be on the back foot in Africa. In March, Niger’s new military authorities  declared the presence of U.S. forces on its soil “illegal”. Washington is now negotiating the terms of the withdrawal of the 1,000 troops stationed there. In another blow, on 4 April, the head of Chad’s air force  asked U.S. troops who have been working with French and Chadian forces to tackle jihadists to halt their activities, saying they had not submitted the right paperwork. U.S. forces left the Chadian capital shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, it is not lost on U.S. officials that its big-power rivals continue to jockey for position on the continent. China, despite a recent slowdown in investment, has been the leading  trade partner of African countries for each of the last fifteen years. Since 2014, Russia has pursued security partnerships with a number of African leaders, primarily through the Wagner Group, a private military company with close ties to the Kremlin. The Russian army has taken over  direct managemen t of those collaborations since the August 2023 death of Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin.

For its part, Kenya will be looking to secure, in addition to economic support, consolidation of its security partnerships with the U.S. and affirmation of its growing stature as a continental diplomatic heavyweight. To a degree, Washington has little choice but to deepen ties with Nairobi during a period of ferment in the Horn of Africa. Relations with Addis Ababa, previously the preferred regional security counterpart for the U.S., are   strained following the country’s brutal two-year civil war. Ethiopia also faces several internal challenges, including  insurgencies in its two largest regions. Other erstwhile allies such as Uganda are not an attractive option as President Yoweri Museveni’s long rule has turned increasingly autocratic. A U.S. diplomat, asked why the administration had invited the Kenyan leader to Washington, replied: “If not Ruto, who? Kenya, for all its faults, is still a democracy, has a relatively free press, a relatively free civil society and a good constitution. We want to show that we will throw our weight behind countries that pursue this model as we believe it offers the most sustainable path to growth for countries on the continent”.

Despite the evident amity between the parties, both should persist in demanding more from each other. The U.S. should continue to insist that the Ruto administration abide by Kenya’s 2010 constitution, which guarantees space for civil society. It can fairly argue that doing so is in Kenya’s best interest. The country’s hard-won democratic gains and relatively strong institutions are crucial to guaranteeing domestic stability in the long run. U.S. officials should urge Ruto to abandon his occasional public  broadsides directed at the judiciary, which has issued a succession of decisions against the government in recent months, particularly declaring some tax hikes illegal. The U.S. should in particular lean on Ruto to speedily fulfil an  agreement with opposition leader Odinga and his allies designed to ensure that retired commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission are replaced in a transparent, consensual manner.

Kenya, for its part, should continue to press the Biden administration to do more to increase the chances that the closely watched deployment of elite police to Haiti unfolds successfully, including by offering more substantial logistical and financial support. More broadly, it should urge the Biden administration to match with deeds its rhetorical commitment to issues African leaders have  campaigned for in recent years. These include far-reaching reform of international financial institutions to give developing countries a greater say in their management and concrete action by advanced industrial countries to ease the climate stresses on poorer countries. This visit affords Ruto a platform to directly make the point he has outlined on public forums that, at a time of sharpening geopolitical competition, the U.S. stands to benefit by more vigorously championing changes on the global stage that Africans perceive as essential.

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WATCH: Biden thanks Kenyan President Ruto for sending forces to Haiti at joint news conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed deep appreciation to Kenyan President William Ruto for the coming deployment of Kenyan police forces to help quell gang violence in Haiti and he defended his decision to withhold American forces from the mission in the beleaguered Caribbean nation.

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The United States has agreed to contribute $300 million to a multinational force that will include 1,000 Kenyan police officers, but Biden argued that an American troop presence in Haiti would raise “all kinds of questions that can easily be misrepresented.”

The Democrat came into office in 2021 pledging to end United States involvement in so-called endless wars in the aftermath of 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Haiti is in an area of the Caribbean that is a very volatile,” Biden said at a joint news conference with Ruto, who was in Washington for the first state visit to the U.S. by an African leader in more than 15 years. “There’s a lot going on in this hemisphere. So we’re in a situation where we want to do all we can without us looking like America once again is stepping over and deciding this is what must be done.”

WATCH: Biden and Kenya’s Ruto affirm growing security partnership

Ruto is facing legal challenges in Nairobi over the decision to commit Kenyan forces to a conflict thousands of miles from home when his own country has no shortage of economic and security challenges. He said that Kenya, as a democracy, has a duty to help.

“Kenya believes that the responsibility of peace and security anywhere in the world, including in Haiti, is the collective responsibility of all nations and all people who believe in freedom, self-determination, democracy and justice,” Ruto said. “And it is the reason why Kenya took up this responsibility.”

A difficult assignment is ahead for the Kenyan officers.

Haiti has endured poverty, political instability and natural disasters for decades. International intervention in Haiti has a complicated history. A U.N.-approved stabilization mission to Haiti that started in June 2004 was marred by a sexual abuse scandal and the introduction of cholera, which killed nearly 10,000 people. The mission ended in October 2017.

Biden and Ruto also used the three-day state visit, in part, to call on economies around the globe to take action to reduce the enormous debt burden crushing Kenya and other developing nations.

The call to action, termed the Nairobi-Washington Vision, comes as Biden presses his appeal to African nations that the U.S. can be a better partner than economic rival China. Beijing has been deepening its investment on the continent — often with high-interest loans and other difficult financing terms.

Biden and Ruto want creditor nations to reduce financing barriers for developing nations that have been constrained by high debt burdens. They also called on international financial institutions to coordinate debt relief and support through multilateral banks and institutions providing better financing terms.

The White House announced $250 million in grants for the International Development Association, part of the World Bank, to assist poor countries facing crises.

Separately, a $1.2 trillion government funding bill passed by Congress in March allows the U.S. to lend up to $21 billion to an International Monetary Fund trust that provides zero-interest loans to support low-income countries as they work to stabilize their economies, boost growth and improve debt sustainability. That funding is expected to be made available to the IMF in the coming weeks.

“Too many nations are forced to make a choice between development and debt, between investing in their people and paying back their creditors,” Biden said.

Ruto said it was critical for the U.S. to take “leading role” in debt resolution for the developing world. “The values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law are in great jeopardy,” he said.

An Associated Press analysis of a dozen countries most indebted to China — including Pakistan, Kenya, Zambia and Laos — found the debt is consuming an ever-greater amount of tax revenue needed to keep schools open, provide electricity and pay for food and fuel.

Behind the scenes is China’s reluctance to forgive debt and its extreme secrecy about how much money it has loaned and on what terms, which has kept other major lenders from stepping in to help.

Kenya’s debt-to-GDP ratio tops 70%, with the bulk of it owed to China. Credit ratings agency Fitch estimates the East African nation will spend almost one-third of its government revenues just on interest payments this year.

The Biden administration has praised Kenya for stepping up in Haiti when so few other countries have agreed to do so. Biden also announced his intention to designate Kenya as a major non-NATO ally, an acknowledgment of the growing security partnership between the countries.

The designation, while largely symbolic, reflects how Kenya has grown from a regional partner that has long cooperated with U.S. counterterrorism operations on the continent to a major global influence — even extending its reach into the Western Hemisphere. Kenya will be the first sub-Saharan African country to receive the status.

Ruto arrived in Washington on Wednesday and began the visit by meeting with Biden and tech executives from Silicon Valley and Kenya’s growing tech sector.

The White House announced it was working with Congress to make Kenya the first country in Africa to benefit from funding through the CHIPS and Science Act, a 2022 law that aims to reinvigorate the computer chip sector within the United States through tens of billions of dollars in targeted government support.

“I think we have a historic moment to explore investment opportunities between Kenya and the United States,” Ruto said.

Despite the stated economic opportunities in Kenya, the country has seen a sharp decline in foreign investment since 2017 in a sign that there is more work to do given its size. Net investment for foreign companies has fallen from $1.35 billion in 2017 to $394 million in 2022, according to the World Bank.

Associated Press writers Josh Boak and Sagar Meghani contributed to this report.

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Kenya: President Ruto Embarks On Historic State Visit to the United States

President William Ruto has departed for a three-day state visit to the United States.

He was seen off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Sunday night by his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua and other top government officials.

"This visit is historic as it is the first State Visit by a Kenyan Head of State in two decades and the first by an African Head of State since 2008," State House Spokesman Hussein Mohamed stated.

He emphasized that the visit demonstrates the robust partnership between Kenya and the United States, marking 60 years of strong diplomatic ties.

During this period, Kenya and the United States have enjoyed deepening and mutually beneficial cooperation at bilateral and multilateral levels, culminating in the elevation of the relationship in 2018 to a Strategic Partnership. According to Hussein, this strategic partnership establishes a framework for continued Kenya-US Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, anchored on five main themes: Economic Prosperity, Trade, and Investment; Defense Cooperation; Democracy, Governance, and Civilian Security; Multilateral and Regional Issues; and Health Cooperation.

In pursuit of tangible outcomes in these critical areas, President Ruto was graciously invited by US President Joe Biden. The visit, themed "Partnership for Prosperity," aims to bolster shared commitments to economic growth, democratic values, and peace and security, reflecting Kenya's strategic importance to the US as a leading regional anchor and a main commercial gateway to Eastern Africa.

The visit will build on the existing partnership to highlight shared values including democratic governance, health partnerships, and the promotion of the creative economy.

  • It is also centred on security cooperation for peace, security, and sustainable development.
  • Trade and investment for shared prosperity as well as digital technology cooperation to foster innovation, progress, and inclusion.

Since December 2022, Kenya and the US have enhanced bilateral and multilateral engagements through participation in the US-Africa Summit, the third Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in April 2023, the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2024, and roadshows in Chicago and New York. These engagements have led to increased investments by US tech companies in Kenya, including Microsoft, Google, Cisco, IBM, Kyosk, and SunCulture.

President Ruto's visit will commence in Atlanta, Georgia. He will visit the Carter Presidential Library and Museum to emphasize the shared commitment to governance, democratic values, and anti-corruption efforts. His remarks will underline the importance of democracies working collaboratively to tackle global challenges.

He will also visit Ebenezer Baptist Church to honor the civil rights struggle and underscore the respect for historical struggles for equality and justice. The third area of engagement on day one will focus on the U.S.-Kenya Health Partnership at the CDC Headquarters, where key announcements, including a new CDC-KEMRI partnership, will be made.

The President and First Lady will then be hosted by Kenyans living in Atlanta, highlighting the diaspora's role in national transformation. On the second day, President Ruto will visit Spelman College to discuss the critical role of higher education in enhancing Kenya's human capital development, crucial for attracting investments.

At Tyler Perry Studios, President Ruto will explore opportunities within the creative economy, highlighting the sector as a major job creator. He will then visit Coca-Cola to announce new investment partnerships and launch VIVO's inaugural store in America, showcasing the power of Kenyan women entrepreneurs.

The President will also meet with Mayor Andre Dickens of Atlanta and the Atlanta CEO's Council to position Kenya as a regional manufacturing hub. On Wednesday, May 22, the President and First Lady will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will be officially received with full ceremonial state honors.

In Washington, President Ruto will engage with a bipartisan congressional delegation, meet the Black Congressional Caucus, and hold discussions with a Bipartisan Caucus of the Senate. He will brief legislators on the challenges faced by democracies in Africa and urge Congress to extend the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).

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President Ruto and the First Lady will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor American soldiers and historic figures who have impacted Kenya's history. He will then hold bilateral meetings with President Biden to discuss Kenya-US economic, health, and security partnerships, and regional developments.

The visit will conclude with a State Dinner at the White House, celebrating the enduring friendship between Kenya and the United States. On Friday, May 24, President Ruto will engage in strategic meetings focused on trade, investment, and digital cooperation, including a breakfast meeting at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a digital roundtable hosted by Vice President Harris. The visit will end with a visit to the Pentagon to highlight the Kenya-US defense partnership.

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Keeping the Embers Alive: Biden Reignites U.S.-Africa Relations with Kenyan State Visit

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Commentary by Mvemba Phezo Dizolele , Cameron Hudson , Khasai Makhulo , and Catherine Nzuki

Published May 10, 2024

Black, red, and green will color the streets of Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2024, as the Kenyan flag is raised to welcome President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Chebet for the Republic of Kenya’s third state visit to the United States in its history. The last official state visit from an African leader to the United States was President John Kufour of Ghana in 2008.

This state visit comes at an important moment for the U.S.-Kenya bilateral relationship, but it carries even more significance for U.S.-Africa relations more broadly. After President Biden broke his pledge to visit Africa during his first term in office, this visit will be viewed by many observers as a fig leaf and presented by the White House as a demonstration of the president’s continued commitment to the continent. Had President Biden traveled to Africa, it would have been the first U.S. presidential visit to the continent since President Barack Obama visited Ethiopia and Kenya in 2015. Instead, Washington now appears to be playing catch-up in its engagement with Africa, despite having a long history of diplomatic and development partnerships with African countries going back to the Clinton administration. The emergence and enthusiasm of a host of entrants, like China and Russia, who like Washington now have decades of ties to Africa, as well as newer entrants like Turkey, India, and Saudi Arabia, have highlighted that Washington should urgently step up the quantity and quality of its engagements across Africa. This shift is underscored by a recent Gallup poll which found that approval of China’s leadership has overtaken that of U.S. leadership on the continent.

As Kenya is one of Washington’s closest allies on the continent, Biden will also aim to tout the strength of U.S.-Kenya bilateral ties, highlight the growing leadership role Kenya is playing on the continent, and signal the importance of Africa to the Biden administration’s national security outlook during Ruto’s visit.

The Biden Administration’s Objectives for President Ruto’s State Visit

The Biden administration has made concerted efforts to repair U.S.-Africa relations, which frayed during the Trump administration. The administration released its U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, calling for a transformation of U.S.-Africa relationships into equal partnerships that advance the strategic interests of both Americans and Africans. The Biden administration also hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit of December 2022, the first one held since 2016, and was successful in bringing together delegations from 49 African countries to Washington for three days of engagement. Both the strategy and the summit, though largely symbolic, were important signals sent to African leaders that the United States was ready to become a stronger and more reliable partner across a range of political, trade, and security issues.

Following the launch of the strategy and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, there have been high expectations for the Biden administration’s engagement in Africa. The State Department has been fairly diligent in executing the promises made during the summit, which was underscored by a flurry of senior-level trips to Africa throughout 2023 regarding many issues of high importance to African leaders, like reforming the UN Security Council to add a permanent African seat and restructuring global financial institutions to work better for poor countries.

In 2023, President Biden only made one phone call to an African head of state—and that was to President Ruto to discuss an issue (Haiti) on Biden’s agenda, not Ruto’s. This visit will be an opportunity for him to tout his administration’s achievements in Africa following the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Given that it is an election year, Biden is likely to use this as an opportunity to continue to distinguish his engagement with Africa from former president Trump’s approach, which many Africans feel was at best complacent and at worst contemptuous toward issues of concern to them.

In more practical terms, President Biden will be looking to forge stronger security ties with Kenya as Nairobi has shown both a willingness and ability to lead as a security partner in East Africa. The East African Community (EAC) regional bloc recently admitted the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Somalia to its membership. As Kenya is the United States’ closest ally in the bloc, Washington is relying heavily on Kenya to play peacemaker in the DRC, be a counterterrorism partner in Somalia, and serve as a base for U.S. forces in East Africa at Manda Bay.

Washington is also looking to Nairobi for support with the crisis in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, an issue that is rapidly emerging as a domestic election issue for President Biden. Although the Kenyan parliament temporarily halted the Kenyan-led, UN-authorized multinational mission to deploy at least 1,000 police officers to Haiti in March, starting in late May Kenyan forces are expected to begin deploying forces to Haiti. The United States is contributing a total of $300 million to the multinational security mission, and Biden will be looking to tout the Kenyan-led mission as a sign of his administration’s commitment to restoring security and calm in Haiti.

The Ruto Administration’s Objectives for the State Visit

President Ruto’s state visit is in many ways the capstone to his efforts to position himself and his country as one of Africa’s leading voices on issues such as trade, security, climate, and finance and to position Kenya as a prime destination for U.S. investment. His trip comes on the heels of a number of highly publicized events, like his road show last September to Silicon Valley with former eBay CEO and current U.S. ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman and his hosting of the African Climate Summit , which helped raise his personal profile on the world stage and position Kenya as a spokesman on critical development issues impacting all of Africa.

But juxtaposed with the image of a country and a leader on the rise, Ruto faces stiff political and economic headwinds at home that have him under pressure to leverage his time in Washington to “bring home the bacon.” President Ruto stated that his trip to the United States will center “trade and investment.” This is an opportunity for Ruto to fulfill his campaign promise to create the “hustler” economy that he has struggled to deliver. Feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living and tax hikes, Kenyans took to the streets in 2023 to protest . Therefore, Ruto will be looking for some signature investment deals to announce to demonstrate that average Kenyans are also benefiting from his global gallivanting. Pressing forward with concrete proposals to shape the next generation of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act legislation that is starting to work its way through the U.S. Congress will also likely be on Ruto’s agenda. He’ll attempt to maximize the benefit to Kenyan industry regarding everything from technology to cut flowers.

Security is likely to be Ruto’s other big talking point. He will have to find a way to manage his highly publicized commitment to deploy Kenyan forces to confront spiraling violence half a world away in Haiti while Africa has no shortage of security needs going unmet. The 2022 deployment of Kenyan forces to the DRC as part of the East African Community Regional Force was ineffective . Ruto will also likely be looking to translate the United States’ ever-expanding troop presence at its base in Manda Bay, as well as Kenya’s diplomatic and security efforts in a range of African hotspots important to Washington (e.g., Somalia, Sudan, and the DRC), into greater training and arms transfers for his Kenyan forces. 

The Geopolitical Context for Ruto’s State Visit

African leaders, who face their own domestic challenges with limited means to address them, typically shy away from taking on regional leadership roles in Africa’s fast-changing economic and security landscape. Not Kenya and not William Ruto, however: for the past three years, starting with Ruto’s predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya has steadily expanded its reach on the world stage, first in its backyard, and now under Ruto across the transatlantic world.

As the largest economy in the EAC, Kenya is at the forefront of trade and commerce within the subregion. Its strong financial sector, with actors such as Equity Bank , and its robust agricultural sector have helped Kenya project its economic influence beyond its borders for years. Kenya pushed for and succeeded in bringing the DRC into the EAC, a feat that would have been unimaginable five years ago.

Kenya also has been adept at capitalizing on regional conflicts , from Somalia to Ethiopia to the DRC, and turning them into opportunities for regional leadership on the political and security fronts. President Ruto has been particularly proactive and committed to carving out a leadership role in a fast-changing region, wading into spaces from climate change to peacekeeping and debt relief that would have been claimed by South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, or Ethiopia. As those four countries navigate tense and uneasy relations with the United States due to deep disagreements over Gaza, Russia, M23, and LGBTQ+ rights, Kenya is blazing a trail through complex great power competition dynamics as a reliable African interlocutor for the United States, the European Union, and China.

Amid great power competition between the United States, China , and Russia , Kenya has emerged as a careful broker that has successfully leveraged bilateral ties with all three powers to their own benefit. For instance, President Ruto, who had been a strong critic of the Kenyatta administration regarding Kenya’s indebtedness to China, met with President Xi Jinping in October 2023 as part of a three-day state visit to Beijing. He asked for $1 billion in loans, adding to Kenya’s $6.3 billion debt to China, to help complete infrastructure projects. The trip further strengthened Kenya-China relations.

Kenya is also home to a major Belt and Road Initiative project, the Nairobi-Mombasa railway . This railway connects Kenya’s commercial capital to the coast and was built by Chinese contractors using Chinese loans to the Kenyan government. Despite Nairobi’s growing ties to Beijing, Kenya remains the closest partner of the United States in East Africa and one of its closest allies on the continent. President Ruto’s visit to Washington, D.C., represents a significant milestone in the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Kenya. Furthermore, this African state visit holds considerable significance for both presidents’ resumes because the trickle-down effects of this visit will traverse beyond Kenya and the United States to nations such as the DRC and Haiti.

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele is a senior fellow and director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Cameron Hudson is a senior fellow in the Africa Program at CSIS. Khasai Makhulo is the program coordinator and research assistant for the Africa Program at CSIS. Catherine Nzuki is an associate fellow for the Africa Program at CSIS.

Commentary is produced by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a private, tax-exempt institution focusing on international public policy issues. Its research is nonpartisan and nonproprietary. CSIS does not take specific policy positions. Accordingly, all views, positions, and conclusions expressed in this publication should be understood to be solely those of the author(s).

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Photos: President of Kenya visits White House and Biden during state visit

by Karishma Bhuiyan | May 23, 2024 | Featured , Politics

Photos: President of Kenya visits White House and Biden during state visit

WASHINGTON — Kenyan President William Ruto is on an official state visit to the United States in an effort to strengthen relations and cooperation between the two countries – the first visit from an African leader since 2008. U.S. President Joe Biden plans to designate the country as the first non-NATO ally in East Africa, joining 18 other countries including South Korea, Argentina and Israel.

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A Kenyan-American woman holds the flags of Kenya and The United States of America as she waits for the arrival ceremony to begin. (Karishma Bhuiyan / MEDILL NEWS SERVICE)

In an effort to compete with China’s influence in Kenya, the U.S. has partnered with the country in an initiative to relieve debt in developing countries in Africa. Both leaders discussed investments, counter-terrorism efforts and technology innovation including semiconductors and artificial intelligence. Biden also mentioned he wants Kenya to be one of the first nations in Africa to receive funding from the CHIPS and Science Act.

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U.S. President Joe Biden and The White House hosted a joint press conference for the official visit of President William Ruto of the Republic of Kenya. (Karishma Bhuiyan / MEDILL NEWS SERVICE)

Biden hopes to visit Africa sometime next year, depending on whether he is re-elected.

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The White House ahead of the arrival ceremony. (Karishma Bhuiyan / MEDILL NEWS SERVICE)

“To further enhance our relationship, today we announce several initiatives that foster meaningful democratic reform, protect public health, expand our people-to-people connections, advance climate solutions, boost trade and investment, mitigate debt burdens in developing countries, accelerate digital innovation, and bolster global security.  As we look to the next six decades of the U.S.-Kenya relationship, we celebrate a partnership that is delivering for the people of the United States, Kenya, and beyond,” said a joint statement released by The White House.

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President Biden giving opening remarks at The White House arrival ceremony for Kenya’s state visit. “And today, as we begin the next decade of our partnership, we’ve launched a new initiative to bring our countries, companies and communities closer together, because the past is our proof that we are stronger and the world is safer when Kenya and the United States work together,” says Biden. (Karishma Bhuiyan / MEDILL NEWS SERVICE)

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All the pictures from the Kenyan Royal State Visit: President Ruto receives King Charles and Queen Camilla at State House Nairobi on day one

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King Charles and Queen Camilla were received by President Dr. William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto

King Charles and Queen Camilla were received by President Dr. William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, have arrived in Kenya to begin a five-day state visit. This represents the first royal visit to a Commonwealth country since Charles ascended the throne following earlier visits to France and Germany.

The visit is timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary celebrations of Kenyan independence, which was declared in 1963. The two nations have shared largely warm relations since then and are now key economic partners, with two-way trade of over £1.2bn a year.

The couple departed from RAF Brize Norton in an airforce jet part-powered by sustainable jet fuel (SAF), a low-carbon biofuel with similar properties to conventional aviation fuel. This will be seen as a symbolic statement of the King’s environmentalist credentials.

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They were filmed aboard the jet on Royal social media channels, enjoying cups of tea and reviewing their packed schedules for the trip. Their arrival was a relatively routine one, almost entirely without fanfare. The pomp was saved for the couple’s entry to State House in Nairobi. Here, they were welcomed by President, Dr. William Ruto and First Lady, Rachel Ruto amid plenty of ceremony.

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Queen Camilla speaks with a founder of Book Bunk, a Kenyan charity that restores public libraries during her visit to Eastlands Library, with King Charles, on October 31 in Nairobi

The King stood on a dais and received a royal 21-gun salute, before being greeted by grandees of the Kenyan armed forces. The couples subsequently separated, with the President and King holding a bilateral meeting and the First Lady hosting a separate one with the queen. ‘Themes of common interest’ were discussed at both.

King Charles III inspects the Guard of Honour at the Ceremonial Welcome at State House on October 31 2023 in Nairobi

King Charles III inspects the Guard of Honour at the Ceremonial Welcome at State House on October 31, 2023 in Nairobi

The next part of the tour involved visits to the Uhuru National Monument and Museum, important cultural landmarks dedicated to Kenya’s history. Accompanied by President Ruto, the King laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Uhuru Gardens. While laying the wreath, he paused and closed his eyes in what was clearly a moment of powerful contemplation.

Afterwards, Charles and Camilla proceeded past the house of Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya and on to the Mūgomo Fig Tree. This tree is a site of special symbolic power in Kenya: it is known as the place where Kenya’s independence was officially declared. On this spot, the Union Jack flag was lowered and the Kenyan flag raised in December of 1963.

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King Charles was received by grandees of the Kenyan armed forces

King Charles was received by grandees of the Kenyan armed forces

Other symbolic moments brought the sacrifices of Kenya’s recent history to the fore. The King and Queen acknowledged statues of Mekatilili wa Menza and Dedan Kimathi, who fought for Kenyan independence, before walking through the Hall of Witness and the Tunnel of Martyrs. These landmarks memorialise Kenyans who have lost their lives throughout the nation’s history.

As they went on into the museum at Uhuru, they were joined by local school children to view documents exhibiting Kenya’s history and events leading to the country’s independence.

King Charles III visits City Shamba an urban farming project on October 31 2023 in Nairobi Kenya

King Charles III visits City Shamba, an urban farming project on October 31, 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya

Britain’s colonial past in Kenya will remain at the forefront of the visit as calls grow for Charles to issue an apology for historic wrongdoings. One of the most significant and painful chapters of British history in Kenya was its suppression of the Mau Mau rebellion, beginning in 1952. Nearly 10,000 Kenyans were killed in the brutal British reaction and many tortured in the ensuing years.

In 2013, Britain expressed regret for these actions and paid out £20m to more than 5,000 Kenyans. Given that the King is in Kenya at the request of the British government, it is likely he will follow the government line by stopping short of a full apology.

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King Charles and Queen Camilla smile as they arrive for their separate engagements inside Eastlands Library, where the King will join young people taking part in a Prince's Trust International

Palace sources say, however, that the King ‘will be mindful of expressing deep sorrow’. His deputy Private Secretary, Chris Fitzgerald has said, ‘His Majesty will take time during the visit to deepen his understanding of the wrongs suffered in this period by the people of Kenya’.

On Tuesday evening, the King will attend a state dinner, which will see him deliver a keynote speech. Onlookers expect him to address Britain’s colonial past in Kenya and express deep sorrow and regret – but stop short of a full apology.

In any case, the visit is clearly designed in most part to look to the future, aiming to bolster the warm ties between Kenya and the UK. Officials from both countries have been keen to emphasise that trip as an opportunity to look to the future and forge a ‘strong and dynamic partnership’.

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King Charles poses for pictures with young people that are taking part in a Prince's Trust International Enterprise Challenge on October 31 in Nairobi, Kenya

Looking to the future, Charles will attend a technology showcase, meeting Kenyan entrepreneurs who are driving forward innovation in the country’s tech sector. He will also host a reception, focused on Kenya’s young people. This aims to bring together future leaders across development, trade, media, the arts and environmental conservation. Unsurprisingly, conservation will be a major theme across the trip, with several other environmental engagements planned, such as a visit to Nairobi National Park to witness vital conservation work being undertaken there.

Charles remains a largely popular figure in Kenya and the country is certainly also a special destination for him. No doubt the visit will also evoke poignant memories for Charles of his late mother, who learned in Kenya that she would become Queen, aged 25 in February 1952. Charles was pictured looking emotional as he contemplated a picture of the late Queen on Monday.

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The visit — including a joint press conference and a luxurious White House dinner — comes as the United States and ally France are on the back foot in Africa, where massive Chinese investments and aggressive use by Russia of shadowy paramilitary groups are changing the geopolitical balance.

Greeting Ruto earlier in front of a colorful honor guard on the White House South Lawn, Biden emphasized that the two countries are “united by the same democratic values.”

Ruto, who also underlined Kenya’s democratic record, said he would discuss climate change, debt distress and East African security with Biden.

“I am confident, Mr President, that the partnership of the United States and Kenya will give us the solutions that the world so seriously needs,” he said.

Talks in the Oval Office also focused on Kenya’s leadership of an upcoming international police mission to Haiti, where months of gang violence and political chaos have left the tiny Caribbean nation in humanitarian crisis.

The state dinner was to feature heirloom tomato soup, fruitwood-smoked beef short ribs and lobster, with banana ganache for dessert. Entertainers will include country music star Brad Paisley and a gospel choir.

The two countries also announced partnership announcements in health and the battle against climate change, as well as private sector investment.

And they issued a “joint vision statement” on reducing the mounting debts of developing countries and the handicap it represents for African countries trying to grow their economies.

Biden held a major summit for African leaders in 2022, but the 81-year-old has not made good on promises to visit the continent as president.

Russia has established new footholds — most recently in Niger, where the United States has agreed to withdraw its 1,000 troops, while Russian troops come in.

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US Bank, Kenyan Company Sign Affordable Housing Project Deal Following Ruto's US State Visit

  • Atlanta-based Go Greenwood Bank plans to invest in Kenya's infrastructure, renewable energy, technology, and agriculture sectors
  • The investment partnership was solidified through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Friday in Nairobi
  • The collaboration follows President William Ruto's recent state visit to the US, where Finsco Consulting, a KNCCI member, participated in the Prosper Africa Forum

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Nairobi - Go Greenwood Bank, an Atlanta-based financial institution, is set to make significant investments in Kenya's infrastructure, renewable energy, technology, and agriculture sectors.

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This development is part of the latest series of deals between the private sectors of the United States and Kenya.

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The event, hosted by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), marked the beginning of a strategic alliance between Go Greenwood Bank LLC and Finsco Consulting Limited, a platinum member of KNCCI.

"This collaboration is as a result of the recent Trade Mission to the USA, where FINSCO Africa, KNCCI Platinum Member, participated in," KNCCI reported on X.

What will result from the deal?

The MoU signifies Go Greenwood Bank's commitment to invest in various projects spearheaded by Finsco Africa, which aim to enhance Africa's economic landscape.

This partnership stems from President William Ruto's recent state visit to the United States, during which Finsco was part of the KNCCI delegation at the Prosper Africa Forum.

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During the forum, Finsco representatives met with Go Greenwood Bank officials, leading to this collaborative venture.

"The collaboration aims to address the shortage of 150,000 housing units in Kenya" said KNCCI.

Finsco Consulting CEO John Mwaura expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating,

"This MoU signifies a major milestone for Finsco Africa. We are excited to collaborate with Go Greenwood Bank, whose investment will significantly bolster our capacity to implement projects critical for Africa's growth and development."

The partnership between Finsco and Go Greenwood is expected to set a precedent for future investments and collaborations between the private sector players in Kenya and the US.

Earlier, TUKO.co.ke compiled a list of five multi-billion development projects that William Ruto signed during the US state visit.

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Ruto Pleads with U.S Congress Over Deal Expiring Next Week

P resident William Ruto met with members of the United States (US) congress to urged them to extend a trade deal that is meant to expire on Friday, June 28, 2024. 

Led by Congressman Vern Buchanan, the delegation from the United States met the president at State House Nairobi, on Friday. 

In a statement, the head of state indicated that Kenya has been benefiting from the deal known as the African Growth Opportunity Act ( AGOA ), for the past 25 years. 

Further, he explained that Kenya was among other African nations who were enjoying trade incentives including access to a huge market for finished products. 

“Africa is seeking increased trade and market access to the United States. The African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was introduced 25 years ago and is set to expire next February, has provided a huge market for African finished products.

“Kenya has therefore been urging the US Congress to extend AGOA because it is mutually beneficial to our two countries,” stated Ruto.

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Consequently, the president said that Kenya and the United States were negotiating an investment partnership to further bolster the business relationship. 

Kenya and the US are negotiating a Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership, which will take the relationship between the two countries to the next level.

AGOA is a legislation that was approved by the US Congress in May 2000. The purpose of the legislation was to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and to improve economic relations between the United States and the region.

Every year, the President evaluates the sub-Saharan African countries and determines which countries should remain eligible.

In January 2022, the United States removed Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from the AGOA program over alleged human rights violations and recent coups.

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Recent Kenya -US Deals

On his state visit to the United States in May, President Joe Biden’s administration committed to offer scholarships to Kenyan students as part of a new initiative aimed at strengthening educational ties between the United States and Kenya.

During the visit, several key initiatives were unveiled to enhance educational collaboration between US and Kenyan institutions.

At the center of these initiatives is the Kennedy-Mboya Partnerships, a $3.3 million (Ksh 436,425,000) program that will provide scholarships to sixty Kenyan undergraduate students to study in the United States for a semester, with a specific focus on STEM fields.

Also, the Biden administration announced Partnership 2024, a $500,000 initiative to support the growth and development of Kenyan students, scientists, researchers, and engineers.

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Ruto's us trip bears one more deal as atlanta firm signs mou in nairobi, go greenwood bank and finsco consulting have partnered for key projects..

•The partnership between Finsco and Go Greenwood is expected to set a precedent for future investments and collaborations, contributing to development in Africa.

•Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted the MoU signing in Nairobi.

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US-based-Go Greenwood Bank is now eyeing key projects in Kenya's infrastructure, renewable energy, technology and agriculture sectors, in the latest of deals between the two countries' private sectors. 

The Atlanta, Georgia-based lender has partnered with Finsco Consulting Limited, a platinum member of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry(KNCCI), for key projects in the country and the continent.

The two signed an MoU on Friday, hosted by the chamber in Nairobi.

The MoU marks the beginning of a strategic partnership wherein Go Greenwood Bank LLC will invest in various Finsco Africa projects.

The partnership is a result of the recent state visit to the US by President William Ruto, where Finsco was part of the KNCCI private sector delegation representing real estate and property developers in Kenya, and participated at the “Prosper Africa Forum” where they met with Go Green Bank.

The collaboration aims to enhance the economic landscape of Africa by injecting substantial investments into diverse projects, they said, spearheaded by Finsco.

Go Greenwood, known for its commitment to financial inclusion and economic empowerment, has identified Finsco's projects as pivotal in driving sustainable development across the region, it said.

These projects encompass a range of sectors, including infrastructure, renewable energy, technology, and agriculture, aligning with the bank's strategic goals to support transformative initiatives.

Finsco Consulting CEO John Mwaura said:" This MoU signifies a major milestone for Finsco Africa Africa. We are excited to collaborate with Go Greenwood Bank whose investment will significantly bolster our capacity to implement projects that are critical for Africa's growth and development."

The partnership will not only bring financial benefits but also foster innovation and sustainable practices, he added.

Go Greenwood Bank president, Ray Glover,  said investing in Africa's future is at the core of the bank's mission.

"We are thrilled to partner with Finsco Consulting Limited, a leader in driving impactful projects. Our joint efforts will pave the way for new opportunities and contribute to the prosperity of communities across the continent," Glover said.

KNCCI president Erick Rutto underscored the importance of such collaborations.

"KNCCI is dedicated to fostering an environment where businesses can thrive through strategic alliances. We look forward to witnessing the positive outcomes of this MoU," he said.

The partnership between Finsco and Go Greenwood is expected to set a precedent for future investments and collaborations, contributing to the overarching goal of sustainable development in Africa.

Meanwhile, UK-based Canadian Overseas Packaging Industries has begun the process of compulsory acquisition of the remaining eight percent shareholding in Kenyan firm, East African Packaging Industries Limited.

The firm has been using EAPI as a hub for its East African operations, with its main business being the manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard, sacks, and bags.

This is the UK's second push that will culminate in 100 per cent acquisition of EAPI delisted in 2003 with 242 minority shareholders, after COPIL made a takeover bid and subsequently raised its shareholding to 92.1 per cent.

Since then, it has been seeking contact with 132 former shareholders to complete the takeover. The fresh push comes amidst The COPIL having not received the go ahead from 161 shareholders

“The outstanding shareholders are hereby notified that the offeror has commenced the process of compulsorily acquiring the remaining 8.01 per cent of the issued ordinary shares in the share capital of EAPI pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Act,” said the director and company secretary, at Canadian Overseas Packaging, David Eramian.

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F.B.I. Director Makes Rare Visit to Africa as Terrorism Threat Grows

The Islamic State and Al Qaeda consider Africa ‘very fertile ground,’ said Christopher A. Wray, who is meeting with officials in Nigeria and Kenya.

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Christopher A. Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, paid a rare visit to sub-Saharan Africa this week to discuss counterterrorism strategies with regional partners at a time when both the Islamic State and Al Qaeda are gaining momentum on the continent.

Mr. Wray, who met with officials in Kenya and Nigeria, repeated his warning that the United States and its allies worldwide are “operating in a heightened threat environment” that has been energized by the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

“The main reason for my visit to both countries was to raise awareness about threats on the continent that have serious implications for the U.S. homeland but that don’t get the attention they deserve,” Mr. Wray said in a telephone interview from Nigeria on Friday. “For several years now, groups like ISIS, like Al Qaeda, have considered Africa very fertile ground.”

Indeed, U.S. intelligence officials estimate that Al Shabab in Somalia has roughly 7,000 to 12,000 members and annual income — including from taxing or extorting civilians — of about $120 million, making it the largest and wealthiest Qaeda affiliate in the world.

“Shabab is in many ways one of the most menacing foreign terrorist organizations out there,” Mr. Wray said.

At the same time, groups in West Africa that have declared allegiance to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are on the march . Military coups have toppled civilian-led governments in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Niger. The new leaders have ordered U.S. and French troops to leave, and in some cases invited Russian mercenaries to take their place.

As a result, American officials are scrambling to work with a new set of countries in coastal West Africa to battle a violent extremist insurgency that they say is steadily spreading south.

The discussions in Kenya and Nigeria between U.S. and African officials this week, Mr. Wray said, centered on overlapping interests and ways to fight the common threats.

“Countering threats posed by groups like Shabab and ISIS is certainly more than any one agency or even any one government can tackle alone,” he said.

Mr. Wray’s visit to Kenya — the first by an F.B.I. director in 15 years, officials said — comes after President Biden last month hosted the Kenyan president, William Ruto , for a state dinner and pledged to designate the country as a “major non-NATO ally.” The move reflects the White House’s determination to deepen relations with the East African nation even as other countries — including Russia and China — are racing to do the same.

The F.B.I. has worked closely with the Kenyans since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to track down Qaeda operatives. In 2020, the F.B.I. and the State Department helped Kenya establish a terrorism task force modeled on the ones that the bureau relies on in cities across the United States. It was the bureau’s first joint terrorism task force outside the United States, according to the F.B.I.

The F.B.I. also has agents posted at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi who investigate terrorism cases and other crimes.

In the Sahel region of West Africa, U.S. officials say they are changing their approach to combat an insurgency that is rooted in local concerns. Competition for land, exclusion from politics and other local issues have swelled the ranks of the militants more than any particular commitment to extremist ideology.

“When you look at the region, the Western Africa region more broadly, we remain concerned about instability and how that could have an impact on terrorist groups’ ability to exploit that situation,” said Mr. Wray, the first F.B.I. director to visit Nigeria.

“That’s part of why we are very focused on working so closely with our partners in Nigeria and some of the other countries to try to stay as vigilant as we can be,” he said.

The ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliates in Africa have concentrated their attacks in the region, rather than in Europe or the United States. Mr. Wray noted, however, the case of a Shabab operative who was charged a few years ago with plotting to hijack an airplane and crash it into a building in the United States in a Sept. 11-style attack.

“Beyond the threat to Westerners and our interests here in Africa, we’re very vigilant to the possibility that their plans and intentions could shift at any point,” Mr. Wray said. “So while yes, these are ‘foreign’ threats, people in the U.S. shouldn’t think of them as issues that are a world away.”

Adam Goldman contributed reporting.

Eric Schmitt is a national security correspondent for The Times, focusing on U.S. military affairs and counterterrorism issues overseas, topics he has reported on for more than three decades. More about Eric Schmitt

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June 24 – The Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Asad Iqbal Butt, has demanded that the federal government take decisive and immediate action to prevent future incidents of mob killings and lynchings.

In a statement referencing the recent mob killing incident in Swat, Pakistan, HRCP highlighted the state’s failure to prevent violence in the name of religion. “The brutal killing by the mob in Swat, along with a similar incident just a month earlier, shows a disturbing trend. The state is failing to prevent such violence,” HRCP stated. The victim in Swat had reportedly denied the charge of desecrating the Holy Quran while in police custody. “The brutality of the killing, the mob’s self-righteous piety, and the occurrence of two such incidents in less than a month, following the killing of Nazir Masih in Sargodha, clearly indicate a serious issue,” the statement added.

HRCP Chairman Butt condemned these incidents as products of hatred fueled by extremism. “These incidents are not just a result of bad laws being misused in the name of blasphemy. They are the direct consequence of decades of policies that have pandered to and nurtured far-right groups and extremism,” he stated on ‘X’.

The HRCP statement further criticized the state’s complicity in these crimes. “The state has given free rein to those who perpetrate violence in the name of faith. In cases where decisive action is required, it often fails to act. Mob killings are not limited to religious violence; there have been at least three incidents in Karachi since March where mobs have seized and tortured suspected criminals to death. This indicates a severe breakdown in law and order, a mistrust in the criminal justice system, and frustration with economic and social conditions,” HRCP noted.

HRCP also expressed regret that the Pakistani parliament had not considered a proposal to form a committee to investigate incidents where civilians took the law into their own hands. “It is disappointing that the House did not consider the proposal to form a National Assembly committee to investigate this issue. This proposal should be presented again, and a committee should be formed immediately,” the statement urged.

Furthermore, HRCP emphasized that solving this problem requires Parliament to take a strong stand against fundamentalism, hate content, and violence in the name of religion, setting aside political differences. “We can only address this issue if Parliament shows a firm commitment against fundamentalism, hate content, and violence in the name of faith, beyond political affiliations and ideologies. The weak role of the Islamic Ideological Council has also been noted. The Council is urged to make every effort to eradicate this tendency to take the law into one’s own hands in the name of faith,” HRCP concluded on X.

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