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President Obama congratulates Uhuru on election victory

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY PPS
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President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto today received   a congratulatory message from America’s President Barrack Obama on their election in last month’s general elections.   In the congratulatory message that was delivered to the President-elect    today at his KICC office by America’s Ambassador to Kenya Mr Robert Godec,     President Obama said the electoral process and the peaceful adjudication   of disputes that ensued are testaments to the progress Kenya has made in  strengthening its democratic institutions.    

Mr Obama said,” Now that your election has been confirmed, you have the  opportunity to build on the promise of Kenya’s Constitution and solidify  its place as a vibrant and prosperous democracy centered on the rule of law”.  The American President further noted that since Kenya’s independence in 1963, the United States and Kenya have been strong partners united by a     shared commitment to democracy, security and opportunity.  “Together we have faced many problems and solved many challenges and our  cooperation has benefited both of our peoples” he added.   During the meeting, President-elect Uhuru said Kenya regards the US as a  valuable development partner and ally in addressing regional challenges  especially terrorism, insecurity, money laundering and piracy.  

The President-elect said he looked forward to strengthening ties and cooperation between Kenya and the US for the mutual benefit of the two  countries. President-elect expressed his government’s commitment to nurturing a  philosophy of constructive engagements in which diplomatic contacts would be between the democratically elected leaders. He further emphasized that his government looked forward to continued  cooperation with the US and the international community in general in the consolidation of peace in Somalia in order to ensure the country does not  become a breeding and training ground for terrorists who pose a security     threat to Kenya, the region and the world at large.

In attendance during the talks were outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister prof     Sam Ongeri, Permanent Secretaries Thuita Mwangi and Mutea Iringo among     senior government officials.