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Kenya and United States talks discussing trade and security ties | Coastweek

WASHINGTON United States -- American President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are seen while welcoming Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and His First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to their White House Residence in Washington during the Kenyan couple's Official Visit to the United States. 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 Mombasa. PHOTOS - OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PRESS VIDEO

Kenya and United States talks discussing trade and security ties

WASHINGTON United 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 Mombasa.

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 ways."

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.
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FURTHER READING:

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

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