The United States government under President Donald Trump has pledged to enhance economic and military support to Kenyan government.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo made the promise in a statement released on Wednesday to wish the East Africa’s biggest economy happy 55th independence day.
“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my congratulations on the occasion of Kenya’s 55th Jamhuri Day,” said Pompeo.
Mr. Pompeo noted that the two governments maintain strong and lasting ties.
“The United States and Kenya maintain strong government and people-to-people ties, and I am proud of this enduring relationship that continues to deepen and flourish,” noted Pompeo.
The Secretary of State quoted the new Strategic Partnership signed between Presidents Donald Trump and Uhuru Kenyatta in Washington on August 27th 2018.
“Through our new Strategic Partnership, the United States will advance our economic, security, and governance goals in Kenya and the Indian Ocean region more broadly.”
On August 27, Trump welcomed Kenyatta to the White House and pronounced that the visit was the start of a new U.S.-Kenya Strategic Partnership.
The strategic partnership is planned to address counterterrorism collaboration, defense and security cooperation, support for greater accountability, transparency, and institution building, and economic cooperation, amongst other topics.
The leaders pledged to deepen defense and security cooperation, building on the recent acquisition of military equipment made in the United States and committed to further enhance Kenya Defence Forces capabilities. Further, the United States pledged to strengthen Kenya’s national disaster and crisis response capacity.
Kenya received the 5th biggest share of US foreign aid at the tune of USD$ 639.4m in 2017 ahead of Tanzania and Uganda that got USD$ 535.3m and USD$ 436.4m respectively.