Uhuru and Bashir hold talks on security, South Sudan stability
The Sudan President promises to back Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed to lead the AU. The CS says the two countries will enter into agreements in mining, sugar and oil
Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Omar al-Bashir last night held talks at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan.
Top on the agenda was regional security and bilateral trade. Uhuru, who is on a two-day visit to Sudan, held two meetings with President Bashir. The first meeting was a one-on-one between the two leaders, while the other one was attended by the Presidents’ delegations.
The two leaders discussed the need to do more to stabilise South Sudan and Somalia. Kenya and Sudan host refugees from South Sudan and So- malia and the two Presidents said it is important for sustained stability to be found in the two countries.
They also agreed to expand trade and cooperation between their countries.
Uhuru said Kenya is glad to invite Sudanese nationals to explore opportunities in tourism and hospitality, finance and banking, and investment. He said his visit is aimed at increasing trade between the two countries and to open up trade routes to Chad through Sudan.
Uhuru said Kenya wishes to have a direct road link with Khartoum to maximise trade benefits between the two countries. “Kenya is working on improving the road from Kitale– Lodwar and into South Sudan. It would be ideal if the road connects to Khartoum,” he said.
The two leaders also discussed the leadership of the African Union. Bashir promised to back Kenya’s Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed to lead the AU.
After the end of the bilateral talks, President Bashir hosted a State Banquet in honour of President Kenyatta.
Amina and her Sudanese counterpart, who briefed the media after the meetings, said the two Presidents had agreed to undertake more measures to increase bilateral trade.
She said Kenya and Sudan will today enter into agreements in mining, sugar and oil.