Kenyan President Kibaki, President Bush Discuss AIDS Epidemic
October 7, 2003
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Monday met with President Bush to discuss AIDS and other issues as part of Kibaki's two-day visit to the United States, Kenya's Daily Nation reports (Kelly, Daily Nation, 10/6). An estimated 700 Kenyans die each day from AIDS-related causes. Bush on Monday honored Kibaki with a state dinner, the fourth such event in Bush's presidency and the first for an African leader, according to the Associated Press (Gedda, Associated Press, 10/6). Speaking to reporters on Monday, Bush said, "President Kibaki and I share a deep commitment to waging a broad, effective effort against the AIDS virus. ... I fully support the president's declaration of total war ... on this disaese, and I'm proud to stand with him." Bush added that the United States is Kenya's largest bilateral donor in the fight against AIDS and that U.S. support would increase under the five-year, $15 billion global AIDS initiative (White House release, 10/6). Kibaki said that he was "encouraged by a keen interest and concern that President Bush has shown on issues affecting Kenya and Africa," adding that "the $15 billion U.S. HIV/AIDS program bears testimony to this particular commitment" (Corey, Washington File, 10/6).
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