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|MOMBASA Rodriguinho Brazil Jersey , Kenya, Jan 12 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday received the Queens Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which touched down in Nairobi on its continuing tour of Africa.
The baton was conveyed to Kenyatta by a Commonwealth Games Federation representative, Sharad Rao, after receiving it from Kenyan marathoner Catherine Ndereba and 1954 Commonwealth Games participant Nyandika Maiyoro.
Speaking when he hosted the Glasgow 2014 Queen' s baton relay team in Mombasa, Kenyatta described the baton as a symbol of the shared values of a common bond of friendship and experiences within the Commonwealth states.
"It is this bond of friendship which Rodrigo Caio Brazil Jersey , today, gives us the platform to compete as brothers and sisters from a shared heritage," he said.
Kenyatta said sports plays an important role in creating economic opportunities and promoting world peace.
He said Kenya is a major participant in key international sports activities, including the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, to be part of the global peace initiatives.
"The Government of Kenya believes in the power of Games to unite the Commonwealth fraternity and through them Ricardo Oliveira Brazil Jersey , promote the unity and understanding of the people of the whole world," he said.
He said there was need for sports managers to prepare a strong team to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games.
The Commonwealth Games equivalent of the Olympic torch started its African leg when it arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone on December 30, 2013.
Kenya, the President added Renato Augusto Brazil Jersey , has been a proud member of the Commonwealth Games in the rich history that dates back to 1954 Vancouver Games.
He thanked senior athletes who have put Kenya on the map over the years. He singled out Nyandika Maiyoro, the bare feet athlete who took part in the 1954 Vancouver games in Canada.
"I'm happy that Maiyoro is here today and participated in bringing the baton to the podium," he said. He expressed the government's support for sports and urged respective federations to do their best in making sports successful.
The baton which began its journey on October 9 last year at Buckingham Palace, London, will travel to 70 nations and territories across the world in seven months before arriving in Scotland ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow on July 23.
On Monday Rafinha Brazil Jersey , the baton will be taken to the Karura Forest where children from several schools including children with disability will be given the opportunity to view the baton and run with it during its journey in the forest.
British High Commissioner Christian Turner lauded the strong ties existing between Britain and Kenya pointing out that the two countries have a special relationship which is exhibited in sports among other things.
He welcomed the Kenyan team to Glasgow, saying they would be backed by the huge Kenyan Diaspora in Britain.
The British envoy stressed on the spirit of Commonwealth among the member states, saying Kenya is a major sporting country and sportsmen and women have won many events in the world.
Last year, he said close to 90 percent of the marathons in the world were won by Kenyans. "In sports there are winners and losers but at the end of it we shake hands congratulating one another," he added
Cabinet Secretary of Sports Hassan Wario said the baton reminds Kenya of its humble sports beginning and look back at the achievements we have made.
UNITED NATIONS Philippe Coutinho Brazil Jersey , Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Monday pledged 60 million U.S. dollars as bilateral aid to shore up a joint military force of five Sahel countries, but remained cautious over UN involvement.
The announcement was made separately U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley as the Security Council was holding a debate over the newly established joint military force of five Sahel countries, known as "G5 Sahel."
Tillerson said the money will bolster the capacity of those African countries in their fight against terrorism. "This is a fight we must win, and these funds will play a key role in achieving that mission," he said in a statement.
Haley told the Security Council debate: "We are proud to announce today that we plan to provide up to 60 million dollars in bilateral assistance Pele Brazil Jersey , which we will work with our Congress to identify, to help stand up the joint force."
She indicated her country's wariness toward UN involvement. "We understand the force will need ongoing support and are eager for opportunities to work closely with our partners to make this effort a successful one. But we believe that the G5 force must be, first and foremost, owned by the countries of the region themselves. We expect that the G5 countries will take on full regional ownership of the force within a period of three to six years, with continued U.S. engagement. This is the approach that will be most effective Paulinho Brazil Jersey , in the end, in freeing the region from terror."
It seemed that Haley was cool on the idea of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the G5 joint force and the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, one of the five Sahel countries, could be "mutually reinforcing."
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