Jordanian King Abdullah II arrives in Kenya for official visit

September 26, 2016 1:53 pm
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King Abdullah was received by President Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport/PSCU
King Abdullah was received by President Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport/PSCU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 26 – Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein has jetted into the country on Monday where he was expected to hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on security issues among other planned activities.

King Abdullah was received by President Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

After the arrival ceremonies, the two leaders proceeded to Embakasi to witness joint military exercises conducted by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces at the Embakasi Garrison.

The exercise dubbed Swift Eagle was held at the Embakasi Garrison, Humanitarian Peace Support School.

Swift Eagle is a nine-day military exercise which focuses on sharing of knowledge and skills in combating emerging complex security challenges.

Kenya is faced with serious terror threats from Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group and its ISIS wing, seen as a retaliation and resistance to the battle launched by the Kenyan forces inside Somalia in 2011.

Also expected in the county on October 11 is South Africa President Jacob Zuma, in a visit State House described as key to expanding business opportunities in the country.

According to State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, 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 both countries.

Esipisu stated that the visit will “renew and strengthen that relationship especially important now that we are both leaders in the continent given our leadership roles we look forward to close consultations and agreement especially on interests of immigration – which obviously we are interested in- as well as strengthen our bilateral relations.”

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