SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, excellent afternoon, everybody. It’s an actual excitement to welcome President Ruto right here to Washington to the summit, and the chance to have this dialog. Kenya is a key strategic spouse for the United States. We’re operating in combination and additionally applauding Kenya’s management on such a lot of regional peace and safety problems, together with Ethiopia, DRC, the paintings that we are doing in combination as neatly on counterterrorism. We very much worth and recognize as neatly the president’s management on coping with meals lack of confidence, droughts. We are construction our business and funding dating even more potent, and after all we have now deeply valued Kenya’s management at the UN Security Council all the way through its tenure. So so much to speak about there as neatly on such a lot of international problems. And after all, the paintings that we have now been doing in combination on well being safety, now not most effective coping with COVID-19 however construction a more potent well being safety infrastructure.
But Mr. President, thanks very a lot for taking the time as of late. It’s superb to look you, and the ground is yours.
PRESIDENT RUTO: Thank you very a lot, Secretary Blinken. And congratulations on web hosting the Africa-U.S. summit. I feel this is a second in historical past that we’re recalibrating and re-engineering our dating, and I feel this is a giant step in the appropriate route.
Again, as you’ve stated as it should be, Kenya and the U.S. are nice buddies. We have executed many stuff in combination. Thank you in your fortify within the many spaces that we paintings at the side of USAID and all of the different companies, MCC. In issues to do with well being, PEPFAR has been specifically an enormous fortify for our nation, the entire well being surroundings. You have labored with us on our companies to do with KEMSA. And so it is all the time a excellent second once we alternate perspectives, as a result of now we have an excessively powerful and expanded dating.
We might be having a look at alternatives on what we will do particularly within the well being sector. We have some requests on that area. We have an enormous diaspora between Kenya and the U.S. We might be searching for to look what we will do. We have probably the most very best human capital anyplace on this planet, and the U.S. can get pleasure from that. We are also having a look at what we will do in combination in agriculture, in water, particularly in issues to regulate local weather trade, and what we will do with water harvesting with our dams program to look how we will alleviate the demanding situations of local weather trade.
And to not put out of your mind the paintings you supporting us in our area – in Ethiopia, we have now had more than a few conversations between me and you on what we want to do; the discussions that went on in South Africa, in spite of everything Nairobi, and what is going on at the floor; the interventions we have now made within the DRC, and I feel we have now made some excellent development in each. And it is time to assessment, and we expect there are spaces that we will do higher. And that is why I feel this session is really vital.
Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Author: State Department