The United States supported the initiatives made by Kenya on the peace processes of the Sudan and Somalia respectively, said a Kenyan senior official Monday in Nairobi.
"When I am in the United States, the US expressed its support on Kenya's peace initiatives on Sudan and Somalia," said Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka at the inauguration of the US newembassy in Nairobi.
Musyoka, who has just returned from a recent visit to the United States, also said that the two countries would further their cooperation in the field of fighting terrorism.
Kenya has been making efforts to urge warring parties in the Sudan and Somalia respectively to reach final peaces in the two countries.
The Sudanese civil war has been fighting for 20 years since thesouthern-based Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) took up arms fighting for self-determination in the south in 1983.The conflict has killed some two million people, most through war-induced famine and disease.
Somalia dissolved into chaos after the 1991 ousting of strongman Mohammed Siad Barre. The transitional national government set up in 2000 controls only parts of the capital and parts of the rest of the country.
The US embassy, located opposite to the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi with an area of 16.3 acres, inaugurated its new office complex after the old one was destroyedby a terrorist bombing more than four years ago.
On Aug. 7, 1998, terrorists bombed the US embassy in Kenya, which was located in downtown, causing more than 200 people dead and about 5,000 others injured.
A memorial plaza was erected in the new embassy yard to commemorate the 46 staff members of the embassy, including 12 Americans and 34 Kenyans, who lost their lives in the terrorist attack.
Construction of the new embassy complex started in 1999 and cost 68 million US dollars.