Ethiopia, Kenya strengthens relationship

President Uhuru Kenyatta was on an official four day state visit in Ethiopia. The president met his counterpart President Mulatu Teshome and the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Deslagne. Mr. Kenyatta held bilateral talks with his host, Hailemariam Deslagne. Mr. Kenyatta said that he hoped during his tenure the two countries will be able to achieve much higher level of engagement. The two countries understand the importance of the LAPSSET project which will be able to open up the region and improve the economy of the region. Kenya and Ethiopia promised to hasten implementation of infrastructure projects to tap the economic potential of the two countries. The two leaders said infrastructure projects linking Kenya and Ethiopia were key to the realization of the ideals of shared prosperity of the countries, peoples and the sub-region. The meeting will help improve the economic ties between the two countries. Mr. Kenyatta signed an agreement that will see Kenya purchase power from Ethiopia to drive major economic development.

The two leaders noted that the rapport between Kenya and Ethiopia had contributed to the progress achieved in the execution of the region’s largest infrastructure project – the Lamu Port and Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor. The President and the Prime Minister welcomed the enactment of the Special Status Agreement (SSA) signed in 2012. They agreed that the agreement provided an effective framework for economic relations between Kenya and Ethiopia. The president also attended an IGAD meeting summit on South Sudan.

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