WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden is welcoming Kenya President William Ruto  to the White House for a three-day state visit.

The state visit opens when the two leaders take part in a White House meeting with CEOs focusing on strengthening ties between the U.S. and Kenya tech sectors. Executives from Teneo, Alphabet, and Semiconductor Technologies Limited are among those expected to attend, according to the White House.

Biden and Ruto will hold formal talks and a joint news conference Thursday, prior to a state dinner. Ruto also is set to participate Friday in an event at U.S. Chamber of Commerce with Vice President Kamala Harris.

Ruto started his visit in Atlanta, where he visited The King Center, met NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and stopped at Tyler Perry Studios.

The U.S. and Kenya are marking their 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Kenya is the first African nation since 2008 to receive a state visit.

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