Biden receives Kenyan President at the White House


US President Joe Biden received his first African head of state in the White House on Thursday for talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The White House said the meeting would include discussions on democracy and human rights issues, as well as security, accelerating economic growth and combating climate change.

Biden and Kenyatta will also talk about “the need to bring transparency and accountability into national and international financial systems,” the White House said.

This is said to include revelations about the offshore holdings of Kenyatta and his family. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists said in recent reports on the Pandora Papers that Kenyatta’s family stashed about $ 30 million in offshore assets. There is no evidence that the Kenyatta family stole government assets.

When White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked on Wednesday about the push for transparency and the Pandora Papers revelations, Biden said “very loudly, as you all know about the inequalities in the international financial system.”

“That doesn’t mean we don’t meet with people you have disagreements about,” said Psaki. “We have a number of interests in working with and working with Kenya in Africa, in the region and that will be the main focus.”

Thursday’s meeting also comes as conflict and a humanitarian crisis continue to develop in Kenya’s neighbor, Ethiopia.

Kenyatta told reporters at the United Nations on Tuesday that the warring parties in Ethiopia “must find a political solution because we do not believe there is a military solution”.

Some of the information for this report comes from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters.

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