President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday spoke for the first time with US President-elect Joe Biden and congratulated him on his win against Donald Trump.
Biden expressed his gratitude for President Kenyatta’s congratulations and expressed his appreciation for the strong and lasting ties between Kenya and the US.
The President-elect maintained that his administration will build on the cordial partnership across a range of issues such as the threat of climate change, supporting refugees and their host communities, and addressing challenges of regional security and instability.
President Uhuru had sent a message of congratulations and best wishes to Biden following his win in the recent United States of America elections.
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“Americans have spoken loudly and clearly through their votes by picking a highly experienced, colourfully decorated and long-serving leader to become their next Head of State,” Uhuru said.
At the same time, Joe Biden spoke with the leaders of Argentina, Costa Rica and with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
He Argentina President Alberto Fernández for his congratulations and expressed his appreciation for the longstanding and deep friendship between the United States and Argentina.
The Democratic president-elect pledged to work closely with Argentina to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and advance global health security, including through strengthening hemispheric institutions.
In his phone call, Biden spoke of the need for even deeper hemispheric cooperation on advancing economic prosperity, combating climate change, strengthening democracy, and managing regional migration flows, among other shared challenges.
The president-elect also acknowledged the significance of His Holiness Pope Francis to the people of Argentina and Latin America.
Biden further expressed his appreciation for Costa Rica’s leadership on human rights, regional migration, Covid-19, and the threat of climate change.
He underscored his concern for the people of Central America as they seek to rebuild from recent hurricanes and the challenges associated with climate migration.
The president-elect pledged to deepen the U.S.-Costa Rica partnership based on shared democratic values, while also advancing a shared vision for regional prosperity and more effective hemispheric institutions.
Biden also spoke with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, whom he thanked for his congratulations.