The new US envoy to Kenya Kyle McCarter has led Nairobi Embassy officials in honoring victims of the March 10th Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.
McCarter and American embassy staff held a moment of silence for the 157 people killed in the crash.
Kenya suffered the biggest casualties in the tragedy, losing 32 of its citizens.
“Countless people are mourning the loss of friends and loved ones while the world has lost the energy and talents of the 157 people aboard that flight. Carnivore restaurant also lost a member of their family. Jonathan Seex, the CEO of Carnivore’s parent company Tamarind Group was a passenger on board that morning."
"I offer my sincere condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of Jonathan and to all those we lost. I would now like to ask that we observe a moment of silence in their honor,” says McCarter.
18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Americans, 8 Chinese, 7 French, and 7 Britons are other people who perished after the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft went down six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa.
McCarter has also expressed his joy to serve as the new US representative in Kenya.
“Earlier this week, it was my great privilege to present my credentials to President Kenyatta and receive an official welcome to Kenya. It’s an honor for me to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, and represent my country in a place that has been a second home to me for many years of my life,” says McCarter.
He takes over from Ambassador Robert Godec, who held the position since 2012.