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America Builds ‘Superhighway’ From Mombasa to Nairobi

WASHINGTON United States (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta have pledged to further co-operate in the areas of counterterrorism, security and trade.

According to their joint statement issued by the White House after Kenyatta visited the White House earlier Monday, the two leaders resolved to elevate the bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership, that will include an annual dialogue.

The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continuous counterterrorism cooperation against extremists.

“To further enhance this counterterrorism collaboration, President Trump welcomed Kenya’s decision to join the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS,” read the statement.

The two leaders also pledged to deepen defense and security cooperation, “building on the recent acquisition of military equipment made in the United States and committed to further enhancing Kenya Defense Forces’ capabilities.” To further boost economic ties, the two leaders agreed to establish a United States-Kenya Trade and Investment Working Group to explore ways to deepen the bilateral relationship.

Moreover, the two governments announced they had established direct flights between Nairobi and New York City set to begin later this year.

On the economic front, Trump and Kenyatta welcomed the proposal by U.S. engineering and construction firm Bechtel Corporation to build a modern superhighway from Nairobi to Mombasa.

Both sides agreed to undertake further consultations to conclude the terms of the financing agreement.

During Kenyatta’s trip to the United States, the two nations announced some 900 million U.S. dollars in commercial deals and engagements, according to the statement.

Before their bilateral meeting at the White House, Trump told the media that the roadway will be “record-setting, in many ways.”

For his part, Kenyatta later noted that “what’s most important and what makes our country survive is the trade and investment partnership” with the United States.

According to an email sent to reporters by the White House, this was Kenyatta’s first formal bilateral meeting with Trump. He first visited the White House in 2014, when he met with then President Barack Obama.

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