President Uhuru Kenyatta will jet out of the Country this weekend to the US for his White House visit on Monday following an invite by President Donald Trump.
The meetings come at a time that Kenya is strategically positioning itself as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), banking on its resilience in the fight against Al Shabaab and other extremist groups to secure the two years term position.
Kenya’s interest in the council will prominently feature in Uhuru’s meetings with the world leader after the Cabinet last week endorsed the decision to seek the position.
State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said President Uhuru and his host, Donald Trump, would discuss bilateral relationships between the two countries and plans to boost several sectors including security, trade and investment.
The President’s will also host British Prime Minister Theresa May just two days after his meeting with Trump and meet China’s President Xi Jinping from September 1-5, 2018 in Beijing, during the Summit on the Forum on China Africa Cooperation all in the bidding for the UNSC position.
The US, UK and China recognize the importance of Kenya as a strategic partner in African, emphasizing the need to engage the country more on issues affecting the region.
“Cabinet granted approval for Kenya to vie for a non-permanent membership of the UNSC for two years (2021-2022) at the elections to be held during the 74th session of the UN in 2020,” read the communication from the Cabinet Office.
The UN Security Council has 15 members. Five – China, France, Russian Federation, UK and US – are permanent and 10 are non-permanent and are elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.
If Kenya wins the membership, it will consequently test its influence in decision-making, particularly as far as peace and security is concerned.
More than 20,000 top global suspects have either been killed or arrested by the Kenya Defence Forces and the anti-terror squad.
President Kenyatta has been instrumental in the security crisis in Somalia and bringing arch rivals South Sudan Salva Kiir and Riek Machar together after years of war by their camps.
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