Washington DC, 6 September 2022 (TDI): The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken congratulated Williams Ruto on his election as the President of Kenya.

He remarked, “We look forward to working with the new government and deepening our longstanding partnership for the benefit of Kenyans and Americans alike.”

Kenya Elections 2022 

The Supreme Court of Kenya upheld William Ruto’s election as president. It ended a courtroom battle over disputed election results from August 9, 2022.

The Supreme Court of Kenya confirmed William Ruto as the fifth president of the country. The election of William Ruto is regarded as a stronghold of democratic strength in Africa.

Kenya and United States Relations 

The United States and Kenya established diplomatic ties in 1964, following Kenya’s independence from the United Kingdom in December 1963.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, both states have enjoyed friendly relations and lasting cooperation.

After Kenya’s democratic change in 2002 and following gains in human rights, relations grew closer.

A robust bilateral relationship is underpinned by enduring mutual interests in the area and extensive cooperation on economic and security problems.

Kenya is one of the largest economies in East Africa. There are growing businesses, and financial, and transportation hubs in Kenya.

US investment in Kenya and bilateral trade are important components of both countries’ relationship.

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In August of 2018, the United States and Kenya upgraded their connection to that of a strategic partnership and initiated a yearly strategic discussion.

In November 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken flew to Nairobi for the second bilateral strategic dialogue between the United States and Kenya.

The yearly dialogue focuses on five engagement pillars: economic growth, trade, and investment, defense cooperation,  democracy, governance, and civilian security. It also includes multilateral and regional concerns and cooperation in public health.