Kenya to invest in energy, infrastructure, railways, water and other projects as US withdraws from talks
Kenya will invest $6.4 billion in a number of infrastructure projects over the next two years as part of a $12 billion investment package, the country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said Thursday.
Kenyats Cabinet approved the funds in the final hours of the session, following the withdrawal of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from the talks.
The funds will be used to expand Kenya’s electric grid, the construction of a new highway and improve the water and power grids.
Kenyan exports more than $200 billion annually to the US and about $1.2 billion to India, Kenyans most important trading partner.
The money will help fund construction of roads, bridges and water infrastructure.
“It is part of our foreign policy to strengthen our countrys economy,” Kenyat said in a statement.
The announcement came after Tillerson, who was visiting Kenya as the United States pulled out of talks with the country, met with President Kenyatt.
The move by Kenyatts government was the latest move by the US to withdraw from the negotiations.
The two sides met briefly for a meeting on Wednesday but then stopped the talks in the evening.
Tillerson said the US was withdrawing from the meetings because it does not support the two-state solution.
The United States is also withdrawing from a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for the immediate implementation of the November 28 ceasefire.
The US abstained from the resolution, and the Trump administration also has not ratified it.
The talks, which resumed Wednesday, have been overshadowed by the fallout from Trump’s executive order on refugees, which temporarily barred entry to the United State by people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The refugee ban was blocked by the courts, but has since been upheld by a federal judge in Washington.
The decision came as Trump also ordered a review of US nuclear weapons, including the countrys nuclear weapons arsenal.
The president said the review will examine all of the weapons and “make sure that our people are safe and secure.”
He did not provide details about what weapons were being reviewed.
The latest round of the talks, scheduled to last until May 30, was called after Tillerson and Kenyants national security adviser Michael McFaul announced in January that the US would be withdrawing from any peace talks with Israel and Syria.
“We will not engage in talks with countries that support terrorism, and we will not support regimes that support the violent destruction of the civilian population,” Kenyan Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said at the time.