Obama phones Uhuru, calls for free and fair elections and strong bilateral relations

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, watches as President Barack Obama, center, hugs his half-sister Auma Obama, after he arrived at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Uhuru Kenyatta received a calls from US President Barack Obama (pictured) on Monday, urging him to ensure elections are free and fair.

“The President [Obama] reiterated the importance of peaceful, free, and fair elections in Kenya in 2017 and his desire to continue his strong partnership with Kenya on a range of issues, including the effort to deliver a lasting defeat to al Shabaab in Somalia,” a statement from the White House said.

It said Obama made the call to discuss “issues of mutual importance during this week’s UN General Assembly meetings”.

The statement from the White House said the two also discussed “the strong US-Kenya bilateral relationship”.

“President Kenyatta offered his strong support for the objectives of the President’s Refugee Summit and the US-Africa Business Forum. The President [Obama] reiterated the international community’s appreciation for the efforts of long-term refugee hosting countries,” the statement said.

The White House said Obama appreciates Uhuru’s commitment to improve refugee access to education in Kenya.

“The leaders also discussed the importance of securing the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change this year,” the statement said.

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