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President Uhuru Kenyatta with his South African counterpart President Jacob Zuma at State House, Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has begun a three day bilateral talks with his host South African president Jacob Zuma. The president who jetted in the country yesterday is expected to discuss a wide range of issues ranging from security, trade and infrastructure.

 

The head of state Uhuru Kenyatta Jetted at Durban in South Africa on Thursday ahead of bilateral talks with his host President Jacob Zuma.

 

 

Upon his arrival President Kenyatta was received by Zuma in his office where they held talks before addressing the media.

 

In their media Briefing Presidents Kenyatta and Zuma expressed their desire to strengthen relations between the two countries for the benefit of their nations and peoples.

 

They both said they discussed trade and connectivity and how these would boost industrialization and also create jobs for millions of young people.

 

Apart from the issues of trade and infrastructure, Presidents Kenyatta and Zuma also deliberated on regional peace and security, especially the South Sudan conflict and the “new slave trade in Libya

President Kenyatta also explained that he would “participate in the African National Congress (South Africa’s ruling party) 106th birthday celebrations” on Saturday at East London’s Buffalo City Stadium in the Eastern Cape.

 

The head of state also visited the Dr. JL Dube memorial in Durban where he laid a wreath.

 

 

President Kenyatta will also meet Deputy President and President of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

 

Ramaphosa was picked to succeed President Zuma as leader of the ANC in a national congress last month.

 

 

President Kenyatta will also meet the Johannesburg business community and Volkswagen South Africa CEO Thomas Schaefer, who set up a vehicle assembly plant in Kenya in December 2016.

 

 

He will hold talks with his host, South African President Jacob Zuma, in the Indian Ocean city of Durban, centered on bilateral and pan-African issues.

 

 

This is his the first foreign trip since he was sworn in as president for his second and final term last November.

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