President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to meet United States President Donald Trump later this month, the White House has announced.
The meeting scheduled to take place at the White House on August 27 will focus on deepening partnerships in the areas of trade and security cooperation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
A White House statement describes Kenya as a “vital partner”:
According to Sanders, the meeting will also feature discussions on stability on the African continent and the broader Indo-Pacific region.
“The meeting between the two leaders will reaffirm the longstanding relationship between the United States and Kenya as a cornerstone of peace and stability in Africa and the broader Indo-Pacific region,” the statement published on the White House website read.
State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena confirmed the official visit in a televised address from Mombasa on Monday evening.
“We are glad to let you know that the President has a formal invitation to visit President Trump,” she said.
Indo-Pacific? Apparently it’s a term that’s being increasingly used in diplomatic circles and the Trump administration has embraced it
It mainly includes Asia, but the East African coast is on the region’s far western edge according to this map from the Australian Lowy Institute:
Mr Kenyatta will become the third African leader to meet President Trump at the White House, after the presidents of Egypt and Nigeria.