May 7, 2018
Prime minister Abiy Ahmed received a welcome ceremony at the State House in Kenya. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary, Monica Juma, received Abiy upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airpot in Nairobi.
His two days official state visit is initiated by the government of Kenya and is aimed at bolstering bilateral relations between the two countries particularly in the area of diplomacy and trade. Economic integration, regional security matters and Somali were among the agenda items for discussion between the two leaders.
Abiy reportedly raised the situation of Ethiopian prisoners in Kenya, mostly arrested for “illegal presence” in Kenya, to be released and for the dignified treatment of Ethiopians, according to state media, EBC. Government-affiliated media, Fana, also reported that Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has agreed on the protection of Ethiopian citizens in Kenya.
In terms of economic cooperation, the two governments reportedly agreed to make the border region Moyale, where there has been ethnic tension and government killings in the Ethiopian side of the border, to made centers of commerce for people in the region.
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