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US First Lady Melania Trump To Visit Kenya in October

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta met her US counterpart for the second time in two months at the US Mission to the UN in New York where Mrs Trump hosted the spouses of visiting Heads of State to a grand reception Wednesday. During the meeting, the US First Lady confirmed to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta that she will visit Kenya early next month. While welcoming the First Ladies, Mrs Trump confirmed that she will be visiting four African countries in the first week of October this year including Kenya, Ghana, Malawi and Egypt. “In October I will embark on my first solo visit to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa,” Mrs Trump told the gathering of her colleague First Ladies drawn from a cross a section of UN member states. During the reception, Mrs Trump personally acknowledged her counterparts from the countries that she will be visiting in Africa-the First Ladies from Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, all of who were present. Mrs Trump said she looks forward to promoting the message of her “Be Best” child welfare initiative during the four country Africa trip. The US First Lady’s stops in the four African countries will focus on maternal and new born care in hospitals, education for children and the role the US plays in helping each country to become self sufficient. Mrs Trump’s agenda during her first solo visit to Africa resonates well with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero initiative where neonatal care, children, adolescents as well as maternal health are key concerns. This is the second time Mrs Trump and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta are meeting in the recent past having first met at the White House in Washington DC during a State Visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta to the United States in August this year. During the forthcoming meeting, Mrs Trump and her Kenyan host will seek to strengthen the partnership between Beyond Zero and Melania’s “Be Best” Child Welfare initiative both of which are concerned with the health of new born children among other health concerns. Other guests at the reception included Ms Karen Pence, wife of US Vice President Mike Pence.

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