Jor­dan King ar­rives to­day for state visit

Uhuru in­vited the monarch dur­ing a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion in Jan­uary

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - OLIVER MATHENGE @Oliv­erMa­thenge

His Majesty King Ab­dul­lah II of Jor­dan ar­rives in the coun­try to­day for a state visit, State House Spokesman Manoah Esip­isu said yes­ter­day.

“Jor­dan and Kenya are part­ners of long­stand­ing. Pres­i­dent Keny­atta and His Majesty will fo­cus their at­ten­tion on dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing se­cu­rity and counter-ter­ror­ism,” he said.

Esip­isu said Uhuru and Ab­dul­lah will wit­ness joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises to be hosted by the Kenya De­fence Forces.

Uhuru in­vited the Jor­dan leader dur­ing a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion they had in Jan­uary.

They dis­cussed in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to con­front ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism, which threaten global peace and se­cu­rity.

In the tele­phone call, Ab­dul­lah voiced Jor­dan’s sup­port for steps taken by Kenya to counter the prob­lems.

Mean­while, South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma will visit Kenya on Octo- ber 11, Esip­isu an­nounced yes­ter­day.

“Kenya and South Africa have very strong ties, which go back to the days when men and women of courage sup­ported the fight for free­dom in each coun­try,” he said.

“One might re­call the days when the first Pres­i­dent of Kenya Jomo Keny­atta spoke out strongly against apartheid.”

Esip­isu said they will re­new and strengthen that re­la­tion­ship.

/ REUTERS /BREN­DAN MCDERMID

King Ab­dul­lah II of Jor­dan speaks dur­ing a high­level meet­ing on refugees on the side­lines of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York on Septem­ber 20

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