Mr Obama said,” Now that your election has been confirmed, you have the opportunity to build on the promise of Kenya’s Constitution and solidify its place as a vibrant and prosperous democracy centered on the rule of law”. The American President further noted that since Kenya’s independence in 1963, the United States and Kenya have been strong partners united by a shared commitment to democracy, security and opportunity. “Together we have faced many problems and solved many challenges and our cooperation has benefited both of our peoples” he added. During the meeting, President-elect Uhuru said Kenya regards the US as a valuable development partner and ally in addressing regional challenges especially terrorism, insecurity, money laundering and piracy.
The President-elect said he looked forward to strengthening ties and cooperation between Kenya and the US for the mutual benefit of the two countries. President-elect expressed his government’s commitment to nurturing a philosophy of constructive engagements in which diplomatic contacts would be between the democratically elected leaders. He further emphasized that his government looked forward to continued cooperation with the US and the international community in general in the consolidation of peace in Somalia in order to ensure the country does not become a breeding and training ground for terrorists who pose a security threat to Kenya, the region and the world at large.
In attendance during the talks were outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister prof Sam Ongeri, Permanent Secretaries Thuita Mwangi and Mutea Iringo among senior government officials.