Biden Welcomes Kenyan President for Historic State Visit


First lady Jill Biden, center, greets Kenya's President William Ruto and first lady Rachel Ruto, at right in green, as they arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, May 22, 2024, for a state visit to the United States. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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President Joe Biden is hosting Kenyan President William Ruto at the White House for a historic three-day state visit, marking the first such honor for an African nation since 2008. The visit comes as Kenya prepares to send 1,000 police officers to Haiti as part of a UN-led mission to combat gang violence.

The White House emphasized the deep and broad partnership between the U.S. and Kenya, noting their collaboration on counterterrorism and regional security efforts. Today’s events include a meeting with American CEOs. A formal state dinner will take place tomorrow, along with a joint news conference.

The visit underscores the Biden administration’s commitment to enhancing diplomatic and economic ties with Africa, building on the U.S.-Africa Summit held in December 2022.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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