U.S. Optimistic About Kenya`s Reform Agenda

President Mwai Kibaki receives US VP Joe Biden at Statehouse Nairobi

United States Vice President, Joe Biden, has said that he is optimistic that Kenya’s reform process will be successfully and will be concluded on time. Mr Biden said the US wants to see Kenya conduct a peaceful referendum that will leave the country united. “We encourage the reform process. We want to see the country grow. Kenya’s best days are yet to come,” he said during a press briefing at State House, Nairobi Tuesday after holding talks with President Kibaki.

The US VP said he was impressed by the relationship between the two principals saying if they kept the reform agenda burning Kenya would definitely prosper. Mr Biden arrived in Nairobi Monday evening on  his first visit to the homeland of President Barack Obama’s father since taking office. He flew in from Egypt, where he discussed the crisis sparked by Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid convoy last week. President Kibaki said Kenya appreciates United States’ help in the agriculture, health and security sector and urged for increased support in water, transport, energy and housing.

Mr Biden further added that Obama`s administration  will help Kenya in securing her borders especially with Somalia, where piracy and the threat of Islamic militia are thorny issues. He said that Kenya was an important destination in the region and its security was paramount.  “Somalia is a high priority in our common efforts to secure regional peace and stability. Both the United States and Kenya are concerned about the growing acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia, and the instability caused in Somalia by extremist groups” Biden added. The US Vice president also visited the August 7th Memorial Park  where he laid a wreath in remembrance of  the 1998 bomb blast victims .

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