Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali on Monday vowed to boost trade and diplomatic ties between the two neighboring countries.

The two leaders, who held talks in Nairobi, also said they would re-energize the historical ties laid down for Kenya and Ethiopia by the two nations’ founding fathers.

They said Kenya and Ethiopia have already elevated their relationship by putting in place a Bi-National Commission, which is the highest level of structured bilateral cooperation.

“It is worth noting that this is the highest level of bilateral cooperation that Kenya has with any country. I note that the inaugural session of the Bi-National Commission was held here in Nairobi in June 2016,” Kenyatta said during the meeting.

According to a statement issued after the meeting, Ethiopia is expected to host the Second Session of the Bi-National Commission and 36th Session of the Joint Ministerial Commission this year.

The two leaders discussed economic and security issues. The Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project (LAPPSET), which is envisaged to provide an alternative infrastructure corridor to the Indian Ocean, and which is well on course.

They also discussed the implementation of the Power Purchase Agreement under which Kenya would import up to 400MW from Ethiopia yearly.

They also spoke on a number of shared water resources along the common border between Kenya and Ethiopia, notably the Omo River, Lake Turkana and Daua River.

The Ethiopian prime minister promised commitment to advance the ties between Kenya and Ethiopia.

“We have held talks and agreed to focus on our historical ties that our forefathers built for us,” said the prime minister. “We are not proud of what we have been doing over the years and we have to achieve more,” Ali said. Enditem


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