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Presidents Kenyatta, Trump vow closer Nairobi-Washington ties

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his US counterpart Donald J. Trump have reaffirmed Nairobi-Washington ties.In a telephone call initiated by President Trump on Tuesday evening, the two leaders discussed economic partnership and mutual dedication to overcoming the scourge of terrorism and other regional security challenges through close cooperation.

Kenya is generally seen as one of Africa’s most pro-US countries, although this had looked in jeopardy following Trump’s election last November.

“President Trump expressed appreciation for Kenya’s significant contributions to the African Union Mission in Somalia and recognized Kenyan troops’ sacrifices in the fight against al-Shabaab,” a statement from the White House on the details of the conversation disclosed.

The two leaders also discussed ways of boosting bilateral trade and investment in Kenya and the broader East Africa region.

According to the office of the US trade representative, Kenya is the country’s 85th trading partner.

The value of their two-way trade was valued at $1.5 billion during 2015.

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