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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya

President Obama spoke by phone today with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to discuss issues of mutual importance during this week’s UN General Assembly meetings and the strong U.S.-Kenya bilateral relationship. President Kenyatta offered his strong support for the objectives of the President’s Refugee Summit and the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, and the President reiterated the international community’s appreciation for the efforts of long-term refugee hosting countries and in particular, Kenya's forthcoming commitments to improve, among other things, refugee access to education in Kenya. The leaders also discussed the importance of securing the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change this year. The President reiterated the importance of peaceful, free, and fair elections in Kenya in 2017 and his desire to continue our strong partnership with Kenya on a range of issues, including the effort to deliver a lasting defeat to al-Shabaab in Somalia.