Ethiopian, Djibouti leaders due in Kenya for state visit

NAIROBI (Xinhua) —New Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Ali and Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh are
expected in the country for state visits, Kenya’s
presidency announced on Sunday.

State House
Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu told journalists in Nairobi
that Abiy will arrive in the country later on Sunday for
a two-day state visit to bolster already strong
relations between Kenya and Ethiopia.

“Some
matters of particular interest to us are boosting
economic partnerships, and boosting participation in
trade and investment by our private sector,” Esipisu
said.

“Therefore,
the leaders are likely to review how the implementation
of the Special Partnership Agreement is progressing, and
possibly agree on how to accelerate that,” he added.

Esipisu
pointed out that Kenya and Ethiopia are key partners in
security and peace in the region, and have both
committed time and resources in fighting against
terrorism, bringing Somalia to sustainable peace, and
finding a lasting solution to the challenges in South
Sudan.

He said
Abiy’s host, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to
formally receive Prime Minister Abiy at State House on
Monday where bilateral and regional issues will dominate
their discussions.

Meanwhile,
Esipisu said Djibouti President Guelleh will arrive in
Nairobi on May 9 for a two-day state visit.

He said the
focus areas of discussion between presidents Kenyatta
and Guelleh will be cooperation in trade, livestock
management, vocational training, promotion and
protection of investment and exemption of visa for
holders of diplomatic and service passports.

The State
House spokesman said additional areas of discussion
between the two leaders include partnership in the
tourism sector, geothermal energy and expansion of
bilateral trade and investment.


“Collaboration in the Air Transport sector by increasing
Kenya Airways passenger flights to Djibouti and
introduction of cargo flights to increase the volume of
trade in Kenya’s assorted agricultural products
including coffee and tea, among others, will also
feature in the talks,” he said.

Kenya’s
exports to Djibouti include petroleum and bituminous
products; tea; and soap. Medicines, especially for vet
purposes, also remained a common export between the two
countries in the last five years.

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