Berlin, November 21, 2023 (TDI): President of Kenya, William Ruto engaged in a productive discussion with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the sidelines of the “G20 Compact with Africa” conference in Berlin.
Scholz pledged Germany’s support for Kenya’s peace mission to Haiti and reaffirmed its commitment to fostering stability in the Horn of Africa.
Ruto attended the G20 Compact with Africa conference, which focuses on promoting private investment in the world’s poorest but fast-growing continents.
During the discussions, Chancellor Scholz commended Kenya for its substantial contributions, particularly in terms of capacity building and support for upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
The leaders highlighted the strong historical ties and shared interests between Kenya and Germany in different areas particularly trade, investment, environmental conservation, and industrial promotion.
Both officials emphasized the commitment to build these relations for the mutual benefit of the people of both nations.
Kenya’s interest in leading the peacekeeping mission in Haiti was announced in August of this year, drawing mixed reactions locally and internationally.
Former Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua stated that the government had “accepted to positively consider” leading a force in Haiti including sending 1,000 police officers to train the Haitian National Police for the restoration of normalcy and protection of strategic installations.
The United States government has backed Kenya’s decision to lead the multinational force to Haiti. The US also warned police against violent abuse.
Furthermore, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has approved the multinational security support mission that Kenya is set to lead next year.
In addition to Germany, other nations such as The Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua, and Barbuda have expressed their willingness to support Kenya in this mission. President Ruto, who is on a two-day visit to Germany and France, is also expected to meet Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo during his trip.