Kenya underscore commitment to regional peace

13:47, June 24, 2011      

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Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Thursday underscored the country's commitment to partnering with the United States and other countries to stabilize Somalia and curb incidences of piracy in the Indian Ocean waters.

President Kibaki particularly urged the international community to assist in resolving the Somali issue once and for all as it has impacted negatively on the regional peace and stability.

President Kibaki called on the United States to use its global influence to bring about lasting peace in Somalia while meeting with newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Jonathan Scott Gration in Nairobi.

The president noted that the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member states have played a big role in supporting the people of Somalia but more needed to be done by countries that had pledged support for the war-torn country.

Meanwhile, President Kibaki said the Kenyan government looks forward to deepening Kenya-U.S. relations during the tenure of Gration who is familiar with not only Kenya but also the entire sub-region.

"This could be achieved through engagement on the basis of mutual respect and tolerance for each others views, as well as cultivating stronger links with the Kenya government instead of the civil society as has been the case in the past," he said.

For his part, Gration assured President Kibaki of his commitment to working towards deepening the relations between the two countries.

The U.S. ambassador confirmed that during his tenure in Kenya, he would put more effort to bolster the existing cooperation between the two countries in all spheres of social and economic development.

Gration particularly said he would encourage American investors to establish businesses in Kenya as a way of promoting trade between the two countries.

Commending Kenya's achievement in the reform agenda, the U.S. envoy said the promulgation of the new Constitution last year and the ongoing reforms in the judiciary and the police will not only benefit Kenyans but also investors from other countries.

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