Kenya's president and opposition leader promise to unite country

Then prime minister Raila Odinga and

Then prime minister Raila Odinga and

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday the political reconciliation between Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga is "a very positive step", adding the United States supports the country's political inclusion and democracy.

The surprise announcement could lower political tension in a country that is East Africa's richest economy and a key regional hub for security, diplomacy, and trade.

Mr Odinga's and Mr Kenyatta's fathers were allies in the struggle for Kenya's independence from British colonial rule and then became adversaries.

It was the first joint public appearance of its kind by the two politicians since 2013.

Kenyatta said they "have a responsibility as leaders to find solutions.

Tillerson will focus on continued support for the democratic process in Kenya, refugee issues, and press freedom", the USA embassy said in a brief statement issued before the top diplomat's arrival in Nairobi. "Elections come and go but Kenya remains".

Kulanka dib Uhuru Kenyatta iyo Raila Odinga ayaa si wada jir ah ula hadlay saxaafadda ka isla markaana balan qaaday in ay bilaabayaan geedi socod dib u heshiisiinta.

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In a statement posted to Facebook on Friday, he called the rapprochement "a fundamental betrayal of the innocent Kenyans who have lost their lives" supporting Odinga in several elections over the last decade.

"I can state that the meeting was between two people and does not bear the imprint of NASA summit as it ought to be".

Odinga said the opposition had made a decision to change tactics for the sake of the country's unity.

Mudavadi noted that the other three NASA co-principals, himself, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula were "neither aware, briefed, consulted nor invited", to the meeting between Kenyatta and Odinga.

He said they have agreed to stop any dissent immediately and not to allow the country's diversity to kill their nation.

"The US should not be dismissed or discounted".

County Governors, Cabinet Secretaries and Members of Parliament are among those who have expressed optimism that the gesture by the two national leaders is the beginning of national healing and unity. "It is good for the country", he said.

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