Washington-President Biden will meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday. A humanitarian crisis has occurred in neighboring Ethiopia, calling on the United States to devote more resources to the East African region.
Biden’s first face-to-face meeting with African leaders at the White House was a fierce battle with Somalia across maritime borders, fragile peace in South Sudan, and accelerated civil war and famine in northern Ethiopia. A diplomatic challenge to stop.
The two presidents are expected to discuss the situation in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. There, some fighters have been accused of sexual violence, slaughter, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities against civilians. Last month, Ethiopia accused Ethiopian authorities of blocking aid in the region, even though at least 5 million people needed help during a devastating famine. Exiled several UN officials.
The decision to expel UN officials was also seen last month as a blame for Mr. Byden, who threatened to impose drastic sanctions on both the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments, as well as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and the Amhara local government. rice field. Stop the intensifying violence. However, the administration has not yet implemented financial penalties for strategic allies.
Among the current chair of the UN Security Council, Mr. Kenyatta, the Biden administration sees a partner in efforts to curb ongoing violence.
Michelle D. Gavin, Senior Researcher on the Council on Foreign Relations and former US Ambassador to Botswana, said: “Kenya’s neighborhood is getting tougher. Not only can we survive the storm in terms of security issues of its own, but we also need to be a kind of regional leader.”
According to this week’s White House statement, Biden and Kenyatta are also expected to discuss the economy, climate change, and “the need to bring transparency and accountability to the domestic and international financial systems.” ..
The financial debate follows this month’s release of the Pandora Paper Report, a collaboration between research journalists and an international consortium of media partners, including Washington Post and Guardians, who released information on how offshore financial services released information. Industries that can turn out to be tense helped wealthy people hide their assets. Kenyatta, who campaigned for a promise to reduce corruption, is one of more than 330 current and former politicians included in the report for using offshore businesses and foundations to manage his assets. It was a person.
“The president has diplomatic meetings with leaders who share the interests of the United States and the country, and there may be areas of disagreement,” said White House spokesman Jen Psaki. Said. I didn’t think he would “refrain”.
“We have a broad interest in working with Kenya and working with them on issues in Africa and the region, which will be the main focus of the conference,” said Pusaki.
For Kenyatta, the conference will serve as an opportunity to strengthen relations with the United States as his country suffers from the economic turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kenya is also in serious debt after borrowing a lot from China to pursue a large-scale infrastructure project. Mr Biden sought to focus his national security strategy on countering China’s growing economic influence.
Tensions between Kenya and another neighboring country, Somalia, after the UN Supreme Court upheld Somalia over a debate over how to divide conflict areas in the Indian Ocean, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. It is increasing. At the Horn of Africa.