Uhuru, Al-Sisi hold bilateral talks during stop over in Egypt

President Uhuru Kenyatta when he paid a courtesy call on his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on October 4, 2020/ PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday paid a courtesy call on his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

Uhuru was travelling from France when he made a stopover in Egypt.

According to a dispatch by State House, the two leaders in their meeting at Heliopolis Palace, Cairo, discussed regional peace and security, trade and Africa’s response to Covid-19, among other issues of mutual interest. President Al-Sisi doubles as the chairman of the African Union.

In February 2017,  President Al-Sisi made a one-day state visit, the first such visit by a sitting Egyptian Head of State, and held bilateral talks with President Kenyatta.

Kenya regards Egypt as one of its most valued strategic partners in North Africa.

During the 2017 visit, Kenya and Egypt agreed to elevate the Joint Commission for Cooperation into a Joint Ministerial Commission, under whose auspices ministers would meet biennially to explore new areas of mutual opportunity, and to deepen existing ones.

This was set to add impetus and forge closer strategic cooperation and partnership between the two states.   Kenya’s Embassy in Cairo was opened soon after independence in 1964, becoming the second Kenyan mission abroad after London.

In September 2019, Al-Sisi chaired trilateral talks with Somalia President Mohamed Farmaajo and Kenyatta on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in an attempt to cool down escalating tensions over border Indian ocean demarcations between the two countries.
A Kenyan-Somali committee to negotiate the maritime border dispute will be formed following the meeting.

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