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Kenya-US to hold first bilateral strategic dialogue in Washington

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the dialogue will focus on four pillars which include economic prosperity, trade and investment, defense and cooperation, democracy and governance and finally multilateral and regional issues/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma is leading a delegation of top Kenyan officials to the United States for the first Bilateral Strategic Meeting set to be held on Tuesday.

The engagement was established after meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and US President Donald Trump last year in August, which elevated the Kenya-US relations to strategic partnership.

President Kenyatta went to the US at the invitation of his host President Trump, where they discussed cooperation between the two countries in security, governance, trade and investments.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the dialogue will focus on four pillars which include economic prosperity, trade and investment, defense and cooperation, democracy and governance and finally multilateral and regional issues.

A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry says Kenya and the US will also seek to deepen the economic ties through maximizing Kenya’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

“Under the Economic prosperity, Trade and Investment pillar, Kenya and the US aim to step up collaboration that grows the economy through generating jobs and building technical capacity,” reads part of the statement.

On defense cooperation, Kenya will seek to enhance cooperation in strengthening military and strategic responses to domestic and regional security challenges.

On democracy, Governance and Civilian security, Kenya and United States will deliberate on issues of common interests including shared democratic values, anti-corruption efforts and increased civilian security cooperation.

On multilateral and regional issues, Kenya and United States will pursue stronger diplomatic partnership which provides a platform to discuss cooperation and coordination required to uphold a rules based global order.

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The two countries are expected to sign the agreement to guide the Strategic Dialogue and Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Joint Country Action Plan to enhance civilian security and governance cooperation.

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