KENYA: PRES KENYATTA HOLDS TALKS WITH VISITING SENEGALESE, UGANDAN PRESIDENTS

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks with President Macky Sall of Senegal who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.

President Sall was among the over 30 Heads of State, Government delegations and more than 10,000 delegates who gathered in Nairobi for the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) that closed on Sunday.

Kenya and Senegal, which both adhere to strong democratic ideals, enjoy a special relationship. The two countries signed an Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) in January this year.

The frame work, on implementation, will enhance engagement at all levels between the two countries in various sectors including cultural, trade and tourism among other areas of mutual benefit to the two nations.

Earlier, the Head of State met and held talks with the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on regional security, integration, economic and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

On regional security, the two leaders exchanged views on the situation in South Sudan and Somalia.

The talks, held at a Nairobi hotel, also focused on other issues of mutual benefit to the two countries, including trade.

Kenya and Uganda enjoy fraternal relations anchored on high-level contacts and removal of hurdles that hold back trade and free movement of goods and people across the common border.

President Museveni congratulated his host for the successful hosting of sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development.

Before the closing of TICAD, President Kenyatta also held bilateral talks with a host of other Heads of State and Government as well as dignitaries who attended the development conference.

President Kenyatta met Presidents Ismael Omar Guelleh (Djibouti), Faustin Archange Touadera (Central African Republic), Ibrahim Boubakar Keita (Mali) and Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud (Somalia).

The Kenyan Head of State’s separate meetings with his counterparts from Djibouti, Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia centred on boosting bilateral relations, trade; and peace, security and fighting terrorism.

President Kenyatta also held talks with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and discussed Kenya’s school water project.

Early this month, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation launched an ambitious Ksh 14 billion water project that is set to benefit some 12,000 schools across the country.

He also received a special message from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria.

The message was delivered by Abdelkader Messahel, the Minister of Maghrebin Affairs, African Union and League of Arab States who led the Algerian delegation at TICAD VI.

President Kenyatta also held talks with Ibrahim Mahlab, former Prime Minister and Assistant to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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