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UN, Kenyan leaders meet on peace, development

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday met with William Ruto, the deputy president of Kenya, and the two discussed the issues of peace and development in the Horn of Africa region.

During the meeting, Ban and Ruto exchanged views on the main peace, security and humanitarian challenges facing the Horn of Africa region, including developments in Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here.

The secretary-general commended Kenya’s generosity and continued commitment to lasting peace and stability in Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi, the spokesman said.

The meeting took place as world leaders are gathering at UN Headquarters in New York for the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, which is set to kick off here Tuesday.

Ban expressed appreciation for Kenya’s remarkable role as a refugee hosting nation and welcomed Kenya’s commitment to abiding by its international obligations regarding the repatriation of refugees, the spokesman said.

The secretary-general also encouraged Kenya to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, he added.


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