Haiti mission: What Presidents Joe Biden and William Ruto discussed in phone call

US President Joe Biden and his Kenyan counterpart William Ruto. [File, White House]

US President Joe Biden has hailed Kenya's President William Ruto for offering 1,000 troops to serve as the lead nation of the Multinational Security Support Mission (MSS) in Haiti.

In a briefing by the White House on Tuesday evening, the two leaders had a telephone conversation a day after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) approved the resolution to send the troops to the Carrebian country.

"The US welcomes the successful vote at the United Nations Security Council authorizing the MSS to bring relief to the people of Haiti, who have suffered for far too long at the hands of violent criminals," the White House said.

At the same time, Biden praised Ruto for hosting the recently concluded Africa Climate Summit (ACS) where a number of resolutions on climate change were passed, including the Nairobi Declaration.

The US leader also expressed appreciation for the strategic partnership between the two countries which he says is founded on a pursuit of shared solutions to global challenges.

"Biden and Ruto also discussed additional opportunities to promote regional security and mutual prosperity by spurring new investments, jobs, and sustainable growth."

On his part, Ruto, taking to X, expressed his commitment to further bettering the relationship between Nairobi and Washington including expediting the finalisation of a Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership (STIP) agreement.

"This will anchor increased trade, boost manufacturing, create jobs, and spur investment between our nations. We are particularly keen on partnerships in infrastructure, renewable energy, green manufacturing, and empowering Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), a key engine in our economic growth," Ruto stated.

The Head of State expressed his optimism that America and Kenya will continue to engage in regional security, conflict resolution, and the fight against terrorism to ensure the Horn of Africa has room to focus on social and economic advancement.

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