On Sunday, Deputy President William Ruto will begin a ten-day tour of the United States and the United Kingdom, during which he will meet Kenyans in the Diaspora. During the journey, he will meet with government officials from both nations to discuss foreign policy, democracy, governance, and his economic vision for Kenya and Africa. Ruto is honoring invitations from officials and major policy institutes in Washington, DC, and London, according to a statement distributed to newsrooms by his Presidential Campaign Head of International Relations Ababu Namwamba.
The Deputy President will meet with officials from the State Department and the Pentagon, as well as the US Government’s National Security Council Advisor, in Washington. Namwamba noted, “He will also talk at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the University of Arizona’s Washington Entrepreneurship Hub.” Ruto will meet senior UK government officials in London, visit the National Counter-Terrorism Center, and talk at both the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, according to Namwamba.
“He will also engage the Kenyan Diaspora in the UK and make a courtesy call on His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury,” Namwamba said. Kenya remains a stable regional anchor state and a valued member of the global community, according to Namwamba, and the Deputy President’s tour aims to improve ties with the country’s longtime friends and partners. Ruto will be leaving the nation for the second time this year, following a private excursion to Dubai last month. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already given DP Ruto permission to travel. After waiting for five hours for clearance at Wilson Airport in August of last year, DP Ruto was denied permission to fly to Uganda.
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