Ruto meets Biden on the sidelines of UN General Assembly
President William Ruto, on Thursday, September 23 met US President Joe Biden alongside the First Lady Racheal Ruto.
The Head of State joined Biden at a reception he had hosted during the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Ruto has been in New York since Tuesday, September 20, leading a Kenyan delegation for the event set to end on Monday, September 27.
Kenya will continue expanding its strategic partnership with the United States of America to advance peace and prosperity in Africa.
President @WilliamsRuto and First Lady @MamaRachelRuto at a reception hosted by the @POTUS during the 77th Session of the #UNGA, New York. pic.twitter.com/YnJS9DXnww— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) September 22, 2022
During his visit, he gave his debut address to the United Nations and held bilateral talks with several Heads of State and governments.
Ruto also made a strong case for debt relief from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in his maiden speech to the United Nations.
He said debt relief and rescheduling will give developing countries like Kenya the fiscal space they need to get out of the challenging economic environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I urge the G20 to extend and expand the scope of the common framework to suspend or reschedule debt repayments by middle-income countries during the pandemic recovery period,” Ruto appealed.
He was accompanied by leaders including Kenya Kwanza Alliance's foreign policy adviser Ababu Namwamba, economist David Ndii, PS Susan Mochache (Health) and PS Dr Julius Jwan (Education) and legislators; Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Aden Duale (Garissa) and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.