On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi for talks focusing on the worsening crises in Ethiopia and Sudan.
Saying that US Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman is working with African Union High Representative Olusegun Obasanjo to press the parties to end hostilities immediately, Blinken said he told Kenyatta that they intend to stop human rights abuses and violations, and to provide humanitarian access to millions in the region.
During the closed meeting, the two leaders “explored new opportunities for collaboration in resolving ongoing regional conflicts and achieving sustainable peace in the Horn of Africa,” a statement from the Kenyan presidency said.
The meeting between the two also covered an array of subjects, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Furthermore, bilateral talks were held between Blinken’s delegation and Kenyan Foreign Minister Raychelle Omamo.
The two countries pledged to closely work with the UN Security Council and other regional and multilateral institutions to address sources of regional instability in the Horn of Africa and its neighbourhood, Blinken and Omamo told a news conference.
The two called for the restoration of a civilian-led transitional government in Sudan based on the constitutional declaration and other foundational documents of the transition.