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Biden and Ruto discuss Haiti mission in 30-minute phone call

In a 30-minute phone call that took place around 8 pm on October 3, US President Joseph Biden and Kenyan President William Ruto discussed Kenya’s crucial role in the Haiti mission.

The conversation revolved around their shared commitment to restoring peace and stability to the long-suffering people of Haiti.

During the call, President Biden commended President Ruto for stepping up to lead the Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission in Haiti following the United Nations Security Council’s approval of Kenya’s request.

The leaders celebrated this significant milestone.

President Ruto had earlier pledged to the United Nations General Assembly that Kenya was fully prepared to address Haiti’s security challenges, particularly the threat posed by violent criminals.

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In a brief statement released by the White House, President Biden took the opportunity to congratulate President Ruto for successfully hosting the recent Africa Climate Summit.

The leaders also explored opportunities to enhance regional security and mutual prosperity through investments, job creation, and sustainable growth.

After the talks, President Ruto expressed his commitment “to continuing discussions on regional security, conflict resolution, and the fight against terrorism, aiming to foster social and economic advancement in the Horn of Africa.”

The United States has pledged its financial and logistical support for the mission, as outlined in a recent agreement between Kenyan Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

Kenya has announced its readiness to deploy 1,000 troops to Haiti by January, with additional troops from other countries expected to join the mission.

The government of Haiti, led by Prime Minister Ariel Henry, has been grappling with severe security threats posed by organised gangs that have taken control of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The violence has had dire consequences, including the abduction of foreign nationals and innocent civilians.

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