The Secretary-General and the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, met on the margins of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on 29 January 2017. They discussed issues of mutual concern, including the promotion of peace in the region, and how to strengthen the partnership between Kenya and the United Nations to that end.
In this context, the Secretary-General commended Kenya’s continued commitment to the promotion of peace and security in the region, including in Somalia and South Sudan. The Secretary-General encouraged the return of Kenya to UNMISS and, following discussion, welcomed the decision of Kenya to resume its contribution to UNMISS, in support of the implementation of its mandate and the search for peace. President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Secretary-General discussed ways of strengthening Kenya’s contribution to peacekeeping. In this respect, it was agreed that Kenya will be given the opportunity to provide a Force Commander to a UN peacekeeping mission.