Kenya and South Africa signed eight important bilateral agreements on Tuesday, which herald a new cooperation between the two African nations.
The Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Cyril Ramaphosa witnessed the signing of the agreements shortly after their delegations held bilateral talks in the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the official seat of the South African government.
The eight agreements contained MoUs in the areas of transport, health, diplomatic advice and training as well as tourism and migration.
Others were also about a bilateral air transport agreement (Basa) as MoUs state printing works and the repatriation of nationals who have been refused entry and illegal immigrants almost 30 years old.
Clo se partner
” Neb In a strong bilateral relationship spanning a variety of domains, Kenya and South Africa are close partners on a regional and global level, “said President Kenyatta. He spoke on the second day of his three-day state visit to the country in southern Africa.
He reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to work with South Africa to advance the aspirations of the people of both countries through the Promotion of the African agenda.
“… [You will agree with me that we can only work together to achieve the desired results for closer bilateral cooperation and strategic partnerships. We’ve definitely made good progress. However, there is scope for improvement, “said President Kenyatta.
At the same time, he praised President Ramaphosa for his exemplary leadership during his tenure as Chairman of the African Union. < / p>
“The Africa office you headed, in which I was very happy to work, has drawn up the joint continental strategy for Africa for Covid-19, which will be continued around our previous successful one Leading response to the pandemic, “said President Kenyatta.
The Kenyan leader thanked his South African counterpart for the support that enabled Kenya to join the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for the period 2021 to 2022.
On his part, President Ramaphosa said the state visit of President Kenyatta gave birth to an opportunity oten to take stock of the current state of bilateral relations and to explore new areas of mutual interdependence. Calmness and benefit for the people of the two countries.
South Africa is the Kenyan people Thanked for the unwavering support in the struggle for his freedom, President Ramaphosa stressed the need to strengthen the relationship between the two countries in a strategic partnership.
“President Kenyatta and I reiterated the strategic importance of bilateral relations between our two countries and reiterated our desire to improve the nature of the relationship, which would include entering into a strategic partnership agreement, “said the South African President.
Previously, President Kenyatta was hosted by his host in a lavish state was formally received with a 21-gun salute, a military ceremony reserved for Heads of State and Government.
Then President Kenyatta was invited to inspect a guard of honor Department of the South African military before he left for personal talks with President Ramaphosa.
President Kenyatta was led by Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Betty Maina (Industrialization, Trade and business development), Najib Balala (tourism and wildlife), Mutahi Kagwe (health) and James Macharia (transport, infrastructure and housing) and Kenya’s High Commissioner for South Africa Catherine Muigai Mwangi.
Other senior government officials on the President’s delegation included the Chief of Staff of the State House, Nzioka Waita, the Senior Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, Charles Hinga, and the s Deputy Auditor of the State House, George Kariuki.