President speaks with British and US leaders

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 00:00 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo/File
President Uhuru Kenyatta with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday spoke to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and American Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the upcoming education summit and trade and investment.

In their telephone conversation, the President and Prime Minister Johnson discussed several matters of mutual interest, top among them the Global Education Summit which Kenya and the UK will co-host in July.

Through the Summit, Kenya and the UK aim to raise $5 billion, the amount needed to get 175 million children into school around the world. 

Besides the Summit, President Kenyatta and PM Johnson talked about Kenya-UK collaboration in the fight against Covid-19, climate change and, regional security and peace. 

On Covid-19, the President and the Prime Minister explored new avenues of collaboration including research on identifying new mutations of the virus and accelerated access to vaccines.

President Kenyatta and PM Johnson expressed concerns on the unfolding political situation in Somalia, and resolved to work more closely through the UN Security Council, the Commonwealth and other multilateral platforms to ensure regional peace and stability.

On climate change, the President and the Prime Minister exchanged notes ahead of COP26 in Glasgow and explored opportunities for partnerships in areas such as renewable energy where Kenya is an African success story. 

In the conversation with Secretary of State Blinken the leaders discussed trade and investment opportunities, touching on the untapped potential held by the Kenya-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA). 

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