Biden calls Ruto over Haiti mission
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday night called President William Ruto over the controversial Haiti Mission.
In a statement, the White House said Biden congratulated Ruto for honouring the call to lead the mission in Haiti to rid the country of deadly gangs.
"President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with President William Ruto of Kenya today to thank him for answering Haiti’s call to serve as the lead nation of the Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission. They welcomed the successful vote at the United Nations Security Council yesterday authorizing the MSS to bring relief to the people of Haiti, who have suffered for far too long at the hands of violent criminals," the White House stated.
President Biden also congratulated President Ruto for hosting the recently concluded Africa Climate Summit.
"Together, they discussed additional opportunities to promote regional security and mutual prosperity by spurring new investments, jobs, and sustainable growth," the White House added.
On his side, Ruto said the two nations are expediting the finalisation of a Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) agreement, which will anchor increased trade, boost manufacturing, create jobs and spur investment.
Ruto confirms Biden call
Confirming the night call by the US President, Ruto said the two countries are focused on partnering in areas of infrastructure, renewable energy, green manufacturing and empowering Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).
"Held a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden and discussed our shared democratic values and belief in the rule of law as a platform for expanding economic opportunities and prosperity. President Biden thanked Kenya for accepting to lead the Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission to Haiti and expressed America's support for the mission. He also congratulated Kenya for successfully hosting the African Climate Summit," Ruto stated.