U.S. Department of State

09/21/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2023 09:41

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Kenyan President William Ruto Before Their Meeting

SECRETARY BLINKEN: But really wonderful to see you. Thank you for - thank you for taking the time. You have been and are such a strong partner for the United States on so many issues - regional security, global security, including in our own hemisphere with Haiti - and of course we deeply value the strong steps that you have taken to strengthen Kenya's democracy, to work also on further strengthening the economy. We look forward to talking about that as well.

PRESIDENT RUTO: On a positive note, maybe we start there. Thank you very much -

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thanks, everyone.

PRESIDENT RUTO: - for participating.

STAFF: Thank you, press.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: You want to say - I'm sorry, Mr. President. Do you want to say anything while our colleagues are still here?

PARTICIPANT: Oh, come on - a few words.

PRESIDENT RUTO: Thank you very much for your participation in the climate - Africa Climate summit. Thank you again for the signing that we had -


PRESIDENT RUTO: - yesterday on MCC. And of course on Haiti, we are here to have a conversation on the how, the nitty-gritty so that we can be able to make a useful contribution and consolidate all the efforts to make sure that we get success.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you. And again, your leadership there is so important. And I - as our colleagues are leaving, I just want to say, too, that I was remiss. Mr. President, everything you're doing - your leadership on climate has been extraordinary and I think it sets a very powerful example, and we continue to be very happy to be very happy that we're strong partners on that.