The United States President Joe Biden and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Thursday meet at the White House.
Their meeting comes hours apart after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) made a ruling on the much-disputed marine boundary between Kenya and Somalia within the Indian Ocean.
In a press release, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the two Heads of State will have a bilateral meeting to discuss a wide range of issues affecting the two countries.
Some of the issues that the two leaders will discuss include the strong relationship between Kenya and the US, democracy, the fight against corruption, and human rights.
“On Thursday, October 14, President Joseph R. Biden will host President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenyatta at the White House. The leaders will discuss the strong US-Kenyan bilateral relationship and the need to bring transparency and accountability to domestic and international financial systems.
They will also discuss efforts to defend democracy and human rights, advance peace and security, accelerate economic growth, and tackle climate change,” the Press Secretary said in the statement.
The leaders’ discussion on security matters comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government vowed to disobey the ruling by the ICJ in the Kenya-Somalia maritime row, a decision that might cause a war between the two East African countries.
President Uhuru said that Kenya does not recognize the court’s decision and will do whatever it takes to protects its boundaries.
“Kenya rejects in totality, does not recognize ICJ decision in Kenya-Somalia maritime row,” President Uhuru said.
The bilateral meeting between Presidents Kenyatta and Joe Biden follows a phone call, President Kenyatta and Joe Biden had in February this year.