, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 24 – US President Barack Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta have spoken on phone on the closure of the Dadaab camp and the strides the Jubilee administration has made in combating terrorism.
According to a read out of the phone conversation on the White House website, President Kenyatta has assured President Obama that Kenya will continue to respect the dignity of refugees and will comply with its international obligations where they are concerned.
Last week, following a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Brussels, Kenya stuck to its guns on the closure of Dadaab but given President Kenyatta’s commitment to Obama that Kenya will comply with its international obligations to refugees, it is unclear if that position will change.
President Kenyatta also offered his condolences to the US President over the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in which a gunman claimed 49 lives two weeks ago.
It is also likely that President Kenyatta pushed for the adoption of the African Union Mission in Somalia by the United Nations given the US is a permanent member of the UN Security Council.