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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Biden to meet Kenya president as war roils nearby Ethiopia

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is set to hold his first bilateral talks as president with an African leader on Thursday, according to the White House, calling Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta a war and a humanitarian crisis in neighboring Ethiopia. will host.

The Oval Office talks come just weeks after Biden signed an executive order threatening to impose sanctions against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other leaders involved in the conflict in the Tigre region if the 11-month-old was forced to shut down. Steps were not taken soon. Warning.

But the situation appears to have only worsened on the ground, with Tigre forces saying Ethiopia’s government has launched a long-threatening major military offensive against them in an effort to end the war. Earlier this week a statement from the Tigre Foreign Affairs Office alleged that hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian “regular and irregular fighters” launched a coordinated attack on multiple fronts.

Kenya, which shares a border with Ethiopia, has long had a strong relationship with the US, partnering with Washington in efforts to thwart Islamic terrorism.

Kenya is the current President of the United Nations Security Council, a position that rotates monthly, one of the reasons Kenyatta is in the United States. Kenya has also been relatively vocal among African nations over the war in Ethiopia.

Read more: Reports say people are starving in Ethiopia’s barred Tigre

The Biden administration is conducting an inter-agency review as it considers targets that could be vulnerable to sanctions. According to a senior administrative official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, the review is, to some extent, to ensure that all agencies are “complete with the proposed targets”. kind of on board”.

The Biden administration has said it will move swiftly with sanctions if there is no dramatic change on the ground. The United Nations has warned that hundreds of thousands of man-made people are living in famine-like conditions as the conflict spreads.

Ethiopia’s government has rejected international “interference” in its affairs, recently emphasizing efforts to find an African solution to the crisis that has killed thousands, some now from starvation.

The US and the United Nations say Ethiopian troops have blocked trucks carrying food and other aid. The Associated Press has reported that millions of people have died of hunger.

The meeting with Kenyatta comes as the Kenyan leader faces scrutiny over his and his family’s offshore holdings uncovered in the Pandora Papers.

Kenyatta is one of more than 330 current and former politicians who have been identified as beneficiaries of secret accounts unveiled in recent reporting by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The ICIJ found that Kenyatta publicly campaigned against corruption, with his family accumulating about $30 million in offshore assets.

The administrative official said the Pandora Papers are expected to be disclosed during the office meeting.

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