Kenyan, Rwandan leaders discuss trade and security issues

FILE PHOTO: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP via CFP)
FILE PHOTO: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP via CFP)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday hosted his Rwandese counterpart Paul Kagame for talks in Nairobi, focusing on a wide range of areas of cooperation.

Kagame made a brief visit to Kenya, arriving in the Kenyan capital in the morning and travelling back to Kigali right after the meeting.

According to the Kenyan presidency, Kenyatta pointed out the importance of Rwanda as a trading partner to his country, especially as a gateway to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the wider Great Lakes Region market.

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The Kenyan president also took the opportunity to welcome Rwanda’s reopening of its Gatuna border with Uganda, saying it will ease the movement of goods and people between the two neighbouring countries.

Kenyatta called on Rwanda to diversify its imports from Kenya and continue taking advantage of the improved services at the Port of Mombasa to facilitate the movement of goods.

The two leaders also discussed security situation in the Eastern African region.

They affirmed their commitment to working together to find lasting solutions to conflicts facing Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia, saying Kenya and Rwanda will continue to play a leading role in promoting dialogue and peace amongst the warring parties.