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Why Kenya Was Invited to the Summit

Kevin J. Kelley | DAILY NATION   in 
August 2, 2014

NEW YORK – President Uhuru Kenyatta has been invited to next week’s Africa summit because of Kenya’s status as a key regional partner of the United States, a White House official said Thursday.

Kenya’s response to the International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments of the country’s two top leaders also factored into the US decision to ask President Kenyatta to take part in the three-day summit in Washington, DC, added Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor.

“The US has been supportive of Kenya’s efforts to address concerns related to the ICC cases,” said Mr Rhodes.

His comments during a teleconference with reporters were made in response to a question as to why Mr Kenyatta was invited while a few other African leaders were not.


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