, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 28 – President Mwai Kibaki has affirmed that the existing bilateral ties between Kenya and United States of America are strong and characterised by close cooperation in various areas of mutual interest.
President Kibaki noted that Kenya has traditionally been an important partner of the US and a key player in the East and Central Africa regions with regard to economic development and promotion of peace and security in the region.
The President made the remarks when he met and held discussions with visiting United States of America Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero.
During the meeting President Kibaki affirmed that Kenya was firmly on the road to reforms and was at the threshold of enacting a new constitution.
He noted that a Committee of Experts was appointed in February 2009 and submitted a draft Constitution which is currently being discussed by the Parliamentary Select Committee with a view to achieving consensus and a document that shall serve Kenyans for posterity.
President Kibaki noted that other institutions had been established in line with the Provisions of the National Accord aimed at creating a stable, harmonious and prosperous nation.
Among such institutions include the Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, and the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission all intended to encourage reconciling Kenyans as well as consolidating peaceful co-existence among all communities.
On regional matters President Kibaki called for concerted efforts among the international community to restore peace in Somalia and support people of Sudan in implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which is entering its most critical stage.
In attendance were Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Richard Onyonka, Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Muthaura.
The Under Secretary was accompanied by US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannenberger.