President Kenyatta has bid farewell to outgoing United States Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter.
McCarter, who announced his resignation from the position last week, paid Kenyatta a courtesy visit at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking during the meeting, Uhuru expressed Kenya’s determination to conclude the ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US.
He pointed out that the trade pact will build on what has been achieved under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by providing better trade opportunities for Kenya.
“We appreciate what has been achieved through AGOA, but it is time we moved to much closer trade arrangements that are mutually beneficial. We will not lose focus on concluding the FTA,” said Kenyatta.
The trade discussions between the two nations commenced last July with a view of coming up with a comprehensive agreement that will act as a model for similar pacts between the US and other African countries.
On his part, Amb. McCarter thanked President Uhuru and Kenyans for making his two-year stay in the country a success.
“I am a fortunate man to have served Kenya as US ambassador. I will be visiting Kenya from time to time and I hope I will be able to bring more investors,” he said.
During the meeting also attended by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo, Kenyatta wished McCarter success in his future endeavors.
McCarter will officially leave office on Wednesday and return to the US.