Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta left the country for Washington DC in the United states on the early morning hours of Saturday, August 25, ahead of his meeting with United States President Donald Trump on Monday, August 27.
The plane carrying the President, First Lady Margret Kenyatta and his delegation left Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after midnight.
A statement issued by State House on his departure said that the Deputy President William Ruto and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe led senior government officials in seeing off the President.
During his visit to the US, President Kenyatta will visit the White House at the invitation of the US President with whom Uhuru will hold talks on a wide array of subjects among them trade and regional security.
Besides trade and regional security, the two will discuss ways of strengthening the blossoming Kenya-US relations focusing on the two nations’ shared democratic values and mutual interests.
The meeting comes at an opportune time for Kenya considering Uhuru is currently involved in implementing programs to bolster trade and investments in the country through his administration’s Big 4 agenda.
Alongside the strong bilateral bond the country enjoys with the US, Kenya also benefits immensely from various US-sponsored multilateral programs.
Key among them the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which the president will seek to renegotiate with Trump.
The strong bilateral and multilateral relationship between Kenya and the US has over the years supported the country’s efforts towards economic stability.
It has also supported in the provision of security, health, education as well as in the management of the environment, fostering the rule of law, and implementation of democratic governance.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma who is already in the US on Thursday, August 23, met with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ahead of the meeting between the two presidents.