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President Kenyatta, who will tonight host President Obama to a State Dinner at the State House, said the visit will give the US leader more insights into the progress Kenya has made contrary to the generalizations made by foreigners.

President Kenyatta said President Obama will be remembered in Africa for his focus to empower the youth of the continent by providing them opportunities to progress.

“You will be remembered in Africa for a long time to come for the opportunities you have provided for the youth such as the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Global Economic Summit which we co-hosted,” said President Kenyatta.

President Obama said he was impressed by the progress Kenya has made in the last few years starting with implementing the most progressive Constitution in Africa.

He said Kenya has a vibrant media and civil society, which are good elements for a thriving democracy.

“But dignity begins with being able to provide for your family and that is why we have signed many agreements that will expand and improve the Kenyan economy,” he said.

One of the main areas of cooperation between Kenya and the US will be in the area of security.

President Obama said the US will provide more money to the fight against terrorism in Kenya and will also increase training for Kenya security forces.

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He said intelligence sharing between the two countries forces will also be increased to defeat the insidious threats facing Kenya and the region.

President Obama was also asked by journalists to give his take on the contrast between the constant travel advisories issued by the US and the true nature of Kenya now that he has visited.

He said travel advisories are beyond the control of politicians but his answer is to ask his fellow Americans to come visit Kenya and see for themselves this beautiful country.

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