Nigerian leader embarks on state visit trip to Kenya

Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday embarked on a three-day trip to Kenya, a state visit expected to bolster cooperation between the two countries.

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During the trip, Buhari will join his host, Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries at a memorial service for Kenyan soldiers who were killed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia on January 15, a presidency statement said.

President Mahammadu Buhari
President Mahammadu Buhari

Thereafter, the Nigerian leader will proceed to Nairobi for bilateral talks on Thursday with Kenyan government officials led by Kenyatta. The two presidents will also jointly preside over a Kenya-Nigeria Business Forum in Nairobi.

Nigeria and Kenya have an active joint business forum which has expanded room for further engagement including a Memorandum of Understanding launching the Kenya-Nigeria Agro-business Forum.

Last July, Kenya and Nigeria concluded an agreement for the establishment of a joint commission for cooperation. This agreement established a framework for enhancing trade, tourism, education, energy, agriculture and technical cooperation.

Two years ago, leaders of the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on oil and gas matters.
At the conclusion of Buhari’s visit to Kenya on Friday, he will go on to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for the 26th Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government where he is expected to participate in a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, the presidency statement added. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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