State President Uhuru Kenyatta has returned from the 70th assembly of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States.
The President was recieved by Deputy President William Samoei Ruto.
While Addressing UN:
I have called on the international community to do more to support regional efforts to stop the conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan and other countries in Africa. Kenya is determined to continue playing its role in fostering stability in the region as well as enhancing its international responsibility in improving global cooperation for the improvement of humanity. We are committed to playing our rightful role in the global community and we will remain an anchor of peace and security in our region and foster regional, continental and global cooperation for accelerated economic and social development for all. Kenya and Somalia share strong historical, cultural and trading ties that have benefited both societies. Somalia remains a major concern to the international community and Kenya in particular, due to the long-standing crises and security situation. Despite the threat posed by Al-Shabaab militants on Kenya, we will stand firm in support of the people of Somalia. I therefore call on the international community to support the government of Somalia in securing its territory. I have also urged the international community, especially the United Nations, to support the IGAD Plus Peace Initiativeâ€™s efforts geared towards the realisation of comprehensive, just and sustainable peace in South Sudan. I have also tipped developing nations to put emphasis on domestic resource mobilisation as well as private business finance, both domestic and international, as an assured way to attain sustainable development.
At a meeting on South Sudan:Â
Addressing a high-level meeting on South-Sudan held on the sidelines of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. I joined other heads of state and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in calling on the leaders of South Sudan to stop leading their people on the path of war and instead choose peace. President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President, Riek Machar, owe it to their people to bring the war in the worldâ€™s youngest nation to an end. The peace agreement signed recently by the two leaders will have no benefit if they do not stop the actual war on the ground. I have also called for the peace process to be more inclusive so that no one is left behind in the journey to make South Sudan get back on the path of reconstruction and development. The people and the leaders of South Sudan should undertake the noble task of stopping the war and implement the permanent ceasefire and security arrangement as envisaged in the Peace Agreement.
On Global Terrorism:Â
At the opening session of the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism hosted by United States President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Solidarity will defeat the evil of terrorism sweeping across the world today and we must remain united to confront violent extremism. Kenya has borne the brunt of terrorist attacks but the country has stayed emboldened against the intentions of the terror masterminds. I reaffirm Kenyaâ€™s commitment to implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the other obligations including Security Council Resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) and 2178 (2014).