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

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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.

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