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Kenya a symbol of Africa’s progress – UN scribe

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described Kenya as a symbol of the positive story of Africa, which is replacing the usual narrative of unending crises.Speaking on Wednesday during his state visit Guterres said Africa is now being seen more and more as a land of achievement and opportunity, adding that no country reflects that image more than Kenya does.

The UN scribe who spoke when he addressed a joint press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House heaped praise on Kenya for its governance capacity, vibrant civil society, business community and its free press.

“Kenya is an example in all aspects that can be copied not only in the African continent but around the world proving that in today’s international community there are countries that are moving in order to make sure that the three pillars of the UN can be fully met — peace and security, sustainable and inclusive development and human rights,” said the UN boss.

President Kenyatta said the new UN boss, who has also served as Prime Minister of Portugal, is an experienced worker familiar with Kenya and the whole region.

Kenyatta, who earlier held bilateral talks with the UN boss, thanked him for assuring that the international community will work with Kenya to settle back Somali refugees in Somalia and rebuild the county.

“I was very encouraged by the support the Secretary General gave in the matter of the African Union Mission on Somalia (AMISOM). We believe that if it is strengthened appropriately, then we will end the threat posed by Al-Shabaab to Somalia and the region,” said the President.

Kenyatta also announced that Kenya will on March 25 host a Heads of State Summit for IGAD member countries whose agenda will be to discuss a durable solution for refugees from Somalia.

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