The plane carrying the President and his delegation departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after midnight.
A statement issued by State House on his departure indicated Deputy President William Ruto and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe led senior government officials in seeing off the President.
Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma held talks with a top American government official in Washington on Thursday ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the U.S.
A tweet from the State Department said Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo welcomed Juma on Thursday afternoon.
Live now! @SecPompeo meets with welcomes #Kenya’s net Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Monica Juma at the State Department. @USEmbassyKenya @foreignofficeke https://t.co/AzYfY4EHti
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 23, 2018
During his visit to the US, President Kenyatta will visit the White House at the invitation of the US President.
The two presidents are expected to hold talks on a wide array of subjects among them trade and regional security.
President Trump and Kenyatta to discuss security collaboration and ways to bolster trade and investment between the two countries. Kenya is a pioneer in mobile payment systems and in attracting venture capital (VC) within Africa for its tech startups, but, compared to other emerging markets like China and India, attracts a minuscule portion of global VC.