(PICTURES) President Kenyatta receives new US Ambassador Kyle McCarter

The US has reassured of its continued support for Kenya in the war against terrorism.

Incoming US ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter, Tuesday said he will do everything within his power to help prevent Kenya from being used as a terrorist gateway by enhancing the two countries’ strategic alliance to defeat terrorist threats.

“National security is extremely important to both our countries,” Ambassador McCarter said when he presented his credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Kenya is a top priority for this administration, as demonstrated by the elevation last year of the US-Kenya relationship to a strategic partnership following the historic meeting between President Trump and President Kenyatta in 2018, and by the many recent high-level visits to Kenya by senior US officials,” Ambassador McCarter said.

“As Ambassador, I will use my experience to help advance the many development programmes and policy initiatives in our long standing US-Kenya partnership towards self-reliance,” the US envoy added.

The US ambassador was among six envoys whose credentials were received by President Kenyatta Tuesday at a ceremony held at State House, Nairobi.

Other incoming envoys were High Commissioner Gobopang Duke Lefhoko (Botswana), Maria Alejandra Guerra (Chile), Meles Alem Tekea (Ethiopia), Jong Tong Hak (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and Unnur Orradottir Ramette (Iceland).  The Korean and Iceland are non-resident ambassadors accredited to Kenya.

Receiving the credentials, President Kenyatta welcomed the new envoys and assured them of his support to make their tour of duty in Kenya successful.

“Welcome to Kenya and feel at home. I look forward to working with you to strengthen the cooperation and bilateral relations for the benefit of the people of our countries,” President Kenyatta separately told the envoys.

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