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Kenya: Rex Tillerson Calls Kenyatta-Odinga Talks ‘Positive Step’


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has praised the “positive step” taken by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his opposition rival Raila Odinga who have promised to begin a process of reconciliation following last year’s bitterly contested election.

Speaking at press conference in the capital Narobi, Mr Tillerson also stressed on the US and Kenya’s “shared fight against terrorism”, referring to Kenyan troops serving in Somalia.

And he said he was “looking forward to more opportunities to trade” with Kenya.

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Mr Tillerson, however, critised Kenya for “shutting down TV stations” – referring to the authorities’ decision to take television channels off air at the end of January to prevent them from airing Raila Odinga’s mock swearing-in ceremony as “people’s president”.

He also told the Kenyan government that it should not threaten the courts.

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