Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has met U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo at the State Department in the run-up to a White House summit between President Uhuru Kenyatta and host Donald Trump.
Kenyatta and Trump will talk about trade through Agoa, as well as capacity-building in security, with the specific focus of enhancing Kenya’s counter-terrorism efforts, according to Juma
The 45-minute meeting on Thursday afternoon came in the backdrop of separate meetings with Trump’s Special Assistant and Senior Director for Africa, Cyril Sartor, as well as Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs earlier in the day.
The CS later met the Under Secretary for Defence, David Tranchtenberg.
CS Juma had on Wednesday met 28 resident African ambassadors with whom she discussed Africa-US trade under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) framework.
She had also engaged the ambassadors on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
Announcing the White House meeting, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on August 6 said the two leaders would seek to broaden existing ties on common interest areas.
“Kenya is a vital partner of the United States and President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to broaden the strategic partnership based on our shared democratic values and mutual interests,” she said.
On returning to Nairobi after the meeting with Trump, President Kenyatta will be preparing to host British Prime Minister Theresa May on August 30.
May’s visit will be the first visit to Africa since taking over from David Cameron in July 2016.
According to CS Juma, bilateral engagements between Kenyatta and May will mainly be focused towards the delivery of President Kenyatta’s Big Four development agenda, which will form the President’s legacy when he leaves office in 2022 after serving for his second and final term.