KHARTOUM, -- Sudan has given its backing for the candidacy of Kenyan Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Amina Mohamed to be the next African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson.

This came during talks held here over the weekend between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir which focused mainly on regional security and bilateral trade.

President Kenyatta, who was on a two-day official visit to Sudan, held two meetings with President al-Bashir, first a one-on-one session between the two leaders before bilateral talks where the were joined by their delegations.

In their meetings, the two leaders discussed the need to do more to stabilize South Sudan and Somalia. Both Kenya and Sudan host hundreds of thousands of refugees from South Sudan and Somalia and the two presidents said it was critical for sustained stability to be found in the two Horn of Africa nations.

They also agreed to expand trade and cooperation between their countries. President Kenyatta said Kenya was glad to invite Sudanese nationals to explore opportunities for Sudanese in the tourism and hospitality, financial and banking sectors, and in investments.

President Kenyatta said his visit was aimed at increasing trade between the two countries and also to open up trade routes to Chad through Port Sudan on the Red Sea. He said Kenya wished to have a direct road link with Khartoum to maximize benefits in trade between the two countries.

"Kenya is working on improving the road from Kitale-Lodwar and into S. Sudan and it would be ideal if the road was able to connect to Khartoum," said President Kenyatta.

Source: Nam News Network

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