US summit: Obama snubs Mugabe, invites Kenyatta
23 January 2014, 13:28
Cape Town - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is facing trial for crimes against humanity in connection to violence in his country after the 2007 polls, is set to attend the high-profile US-Africa summit convened by President Barack Obama, as the US continues to snub Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.
The White House announced on Tuesday that Obama will invite 47 leaders to a landmark US-Africa summit in August, seeking to widen US trade, development and security ties with an increasingly dynamic continent to which he traces part of his ancestry.
According to Africa Review, the inclusion of the Kenyan leader marks a decisive turn for the better in relations between the Obama and Kenyatta administrations.
Obama will send out invites to all African nations that are currently in good standing with the US or are not suspended from the African Union - meaning there will be no place for Egypt, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Madagascar and Guinea-Bissau..
Obama's former chief diplomat for Africa warned in thinly-veiled terms a year ago that Kenyatta's election would have negative “consequences” for ties between the two longstanding allies.
The US president then snubbed Kenya during his three-nation Africa tour in June and July last year.
Obama will hold the talks on 5 and 6 August, seeking to cement progress from his trip to Africa last year.