States (Xinhua) -- U.S. President
Donald Trump and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday
pledged to further co-operate in the areas of counterterrorism,
security and trade.
According to their joint statement
issued by the White House after Kenyatta visited the White House
earlier Monday, the two leaders resolved to elevate the
bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership, that will
include an annual dialogue.
The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continuous
counterterrorism cooperation against extremists.
"To further enhance this counterterrorism collaboration,
President Trump welcomed Kenya’s decision to join the Global
Coalition to Defeat ISIS," read the statement.
The two leaders also pledged to deepen defense and security
cooperation, "building on the recent acquisition of military
equipment made in the United States and committed to further
enhancing Kenya Defense Forces’ capabilities."
To further boost economic ties, the two leaders agreed to
establish a United States-Kenya Trade and Investment Working
Group to explore ways to deepen the bilateral relationship.
Moreover, the two governments announced they had established
direct flights between Nairobi and New York City set to begin
later this year.
On the economic front, Trump and Kenyatta welcomed the
proposal by U.S. engineering and construction firm Bechtel
Corporation to build a modern superhighway from Nairobi to
Both sides agreed to undertake further consultations to
conclude the terms of the financing agreement.
During Kenyatta’s trip to the United States, the two nations
announced some 900 million U.S. dollars in commercial deals and
engagements, according to the statement.
Before their bilateral meeting at the White House, Trump told
the media that the roadway will be "record-setting, in many
For his part, Kenyatta later noted that "what’s most
important and what makes our country survive is the trade and
investment partnership" with the United States.
According to an email sent to reporters by the White House,
this was Kenyatta’s first formal bilateral meeting with Trump.
He first visited the White House in 2014, when he met with then
President Barack Obama.
Remarks by President Trump and President
Kenyatta of Republic of Kenya in Expanded Bilateral Meeting
Remarks by President Trump and President Kenyatta of the
Republic of Kenya Before Bilateral Meeting
First Lady Melania Trump Welcomes the First Lady of Kenya to
the White House in Washington
Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President
Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya