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Kenya, US ink Strategic Dialogue Framework Agreement to boost ties

The framework that will also strengthen multilateralism was signed on Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma and John Sullivan, the US Deputy Secretary of State/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – Kenya and the United States have signed a Strategic Dialogue Framework Agreement to deliver economic prosperity and enhance peace and security ahead of a high-level segment of Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) in Washington DC later Wednesday.

The framework that will also strengthen multilateralism was signed on Tuesday by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma and John Sullivan, the US Deputy Secretary of State.

The meeting follows commitments made by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Donald Trump last August when the Kenyan leader was on a State visit in the US.

“We see the inaugural BSD which is a key deliverable from the August 27 meeting as proof that the United States and Kenya are prepared to do the hard but rewarding work to build our relationship to a much higher and stronger level,” Sullivan said.

He said both countries were keen on the finalisation of infrastructure deals as well as a stronger security cooperation framework.

“US and Kenyan teams discussed ways to discuss our joint goals under the BSD’s four pillars: economic prosperity, trade, and investment, defence cooperation, democracy, governance and civilian security, and multilateral and regional issues,” Sullivan noted.

“Finalising key infrastructure deals, deepening our security cooperation and enhancing civilian security and governance assistance are just a few of the topics BSD addresses,” he added.

Juma who was accompanied by her Interior Affairs colleague Fred Matiangi underscored the government’s resolve to expanding investment opportunities saying Kenyatta’s administration was committed to ensuring Kenya and the region are safe for investors.

She said Kenya was committed to the economic empowerment of her people through investment.

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“This ambitious trade and investment portfolio must be able to help build the wealth for our people. It must create more jobs, decent living, and contribute to the prosperity of ourselves and the world,” the CS said.

Juma called for close collaboration to ensure the horn of Africa region, east and central Africa are secure for investment.

The Wednesday meeting to be graced by Under Secretary David Maclain Hale will be centred on the four broad pillars of the BSD framework.

CS Juma is scheduled to hold a joint meeting with US Department of State’s Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy at midday on Wednesday following the deliberations.

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