, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 – President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday afternoon expected to depart for a three-day State visit to Israel.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the visit was aimed at exploring investment opportunities and strengthening trade ties between the two countries.
“Trade between Kenya and Israel has been growing steadily over the years and indeed a number of Israeli companies do business in Kenya in fields such as agriculture, construction, communications, infrastructure, water management and irrigation. It is the President’s desire to see the volume of trade and investment between our two countries expand significantly,” Esipisu stated.
The visit will also focus on cooperation on security matters to address increasing insecurity threats especially due to terrorism.
“On the war against terrorism, unfortunately Kenya has not been spared and has suffered a number of attacks from Al Shabaab terrorists group who have caused untold death and destruction on innocent Kenyans. President Kenyatta will tell Israel that he expects Kenya can count on the state’s support and cooperation and benefit from its long expertise in this area. Kenya believes terrorism is a global war that requires a global approach.”
While in Israel, President Kenyatta will meet Israel’s President, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and senior government officials to expand trade and mutual relations between Kenya and Israel.
President Kenyatta will also attend a forum on the economy, and visit key showcase projects, including in industry and agriculture.
Before returning to Kenya from Israel, President Kenyatta will attend the 17th Summit of East African Community (EAC) Heads of State on February 29 in Tanzania.
The summit will convene to discuss reports of the EAC Council of Ministers on bringing on board Southern Sudan and Somalia to the community.
It will also consider other management affairs of the EAC including resolving the political volatility in Burundi.