Biden to meet in person with president of Kenya at the White House

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President Biden will host President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya at the White House on Thursday in his first in-person meeting with an African leader as president.

They will discuss the “strong” bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Kenya and “the need to bring transparency and accountability to domestic and international financial systems,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Monday. 

Biden in September signed an executive order establishing a new sanctions regime to target those responsible for prolonging the war in Ethiopia, which shares a border with Kenya, that has lasted for nearly a year. 

The president at the time said he is “appalled by the reports of mass murder, rape, and other sexual violence to terrorize civilian populations.”

“They will also discuss efforts to defend democracy and human rights, advance peace and security, accelerate economic growth, and tackle climate change,” Psaki said.

Biden and Kenyatta talked on the phone in February. 

Kenyatta on Tuesday told reporters that the two sides in the war, Tigray forces and Ethiopia’s government, need to come to “a political resolution,” The Associated Press reported. Kenyatta currently holds the presidency of the United Nations Security Council, so he is in the U.S.

Kenyatta, who campaigned against corruption, was among the world leaders named in the Pandora Papers, a massive leak of financial information that has sparked calls for reform around the globe.

He and six members of his family were linked to offshore companies holding more than $30 million. Kenyatta has denied any wrongdoing and said the leak will enhance global financial transparency. 

“The Pandora Papers and subsequent follow-up audits will lift that veil of secrecy and darkness for those who cannot explain their assets or wealth,” he said earlier this month, according to Bloomberg.  

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