June 13, 2024
President Ruto Land In The US To Start His Official 4-Day State Visit

President Ruto Lands In The US To Start His Official 4-Day State Visit

Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Korir Sing’Oei and US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman were among the dignitaries waiting to see President Ruto at the airport.

President William Ruto arrived at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday afternoon, to begin a busy four-day tour to the United States. 

Foreign Affairs Secretary Korir Sing’Oei, US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman, and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens were among the dignitaries who welcomed President Ruto at the airport.

The first visit by an African leader in 15 years is anticipated to boost ties with the United States while also providing opportunities for business. 

Hussein Mohamed, Statehouse spokeswoman, said on Sunday that Ruto will go from Monday, May 20, to Thursday, May 23, to meet with President Joe Biden.

Ruto is scheduled to visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, “to emphasise the two countries’ shared commitment to governance and anti-corruption efforts”.

He is then expected to pay tribute to the civil rights movement at Ebenezer Baptist Church before proceeding to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters to discuss the US-Kenya health relationship.

The day will conclude with Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto being hosted by the Kenyan diaspora in Atlanta.

On Tuesday, while still in Atlanta, Ruto will begin his day by visiting Spelman College to highlight the importance of higher education, particularly in science and technology, in attracting investment.

He will then visit Tyler Perry Studios to examine the potential in the creative sector before heading to the Coca-Cola firm to make new investments.

He will also open Vivo’s first store and, with Rachel Ruto, attend a dinner thrown by Andre Dickens, the state’s mayor.

Ruto will then fly to Washington, DC, on Wednesday to receive “full ceremonial state honors” before meeting with a congressional delegation and holding negotiations on Capitol Hill.

On Thursday, Ruto and Reachel will lay a wreath at Arlington Cemetery to honor fallen American soldiers and historical personalities, followed by a bilateral meeting with President Biden to discuss development potential.

Mohamed stated that the courteous invitation comes at a time when the two countries’ relations are warm as a result of their partnership in vital theme areas such as defense cooperation, free democracy, governance and civilian security, health corporations, and multilateral and regional concerns.

“It also reflects the strategic importance of Kenya to the US as the leading regional anchor and the main commercial gateway to East Africa,” he stated. 

According to Mohamed, Ruto’s travel to the United States is the first by a Kenyan head of state in two decades, and the first by an African president since 2018.

President Ruto Lands In The US To Start His Official 4-Day State Visit

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