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King Charles, US Secretary of State Blinken Congratulate Kenya on 60th Jamhuri Day

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla are welcomed by the President of Kenya, William Ruto, and the first lady, Rachel Ruto, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2023. Arthur Edwards/Pool via REUTERS

King Charles of the United Kingdom and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have sent congratulatory messages to Kenya on the occasion of its 60th Jamhuri Day, which marks the country’s independence and republic status.


In a letter addressed to President William Ruto, King Charles expressed his admiration for the “remarkable achievements” of Kenya over the past six decades, and praised the “enduring friendship” between the two nations. He also reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening the bilateral ties and cooperation on various issues, such as climate change, trade, security and development.


Secretary Blinken, in a statement released by the US Embassy in Nairobi, hailed Kenya as a “key partner” and a “force for good” in the region and the world. He commended Kenya’s leadership in advancing peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development in Africa and beyond. He also highlighted the shared values and interests that underpin the strategic partnership between the US and Kenya, and pledged to work together to address the common challenges and opportunities.


Both King Charles and Secretary Blinken also extended their best wishes to the people of Kenya, and expressed their hope for a prosperous and peaceful future. They also acknowledged the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and applauded the efforts of the Kenyan government and health workers to combat the virus and protect the public health.


The messages from the UK and the US leaders came as Kenya celebrated its 60th Jamhuri Day on Sunday, December 12, 2023, with a colorful ceremony at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, presided over by President Ruto. The event, whose theme was “Connect, Innovate and Inspire”, featured cultural performances, military parades, awards and honors, and a fly-past by the Kenya Air Force.


The Jamhuri Day, which means “Republic Day” in Swahili, is celebrated every year on December 12 to commemorate the day Kenya became a republic in 1964, after gaining independence from Britain in 1963. It is one of the most important national holidays in the country, and a symbol of patriotism and pride.

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