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Kenya to host Emir of Qatar and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the discussions will centre on ways of bolstering bilateral ties between Kenya and Qatar.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 10 –  Kenya is this week hosting two key leaders that include His Highness the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz.

His Highness the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani will pay a State visit to Kenya on Tuesday while Prince Abdulaziz will pay a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta, where a number of issues of mutual interest to both countries will be discussed.

The one day visit of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is set to cement the relationship between both countries.

This follows the visit by President Kenyatta to Qatar in 2014.

State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the discussions will centre on ways of bolstering bilateral ties between Kenya and Qatar.

He further indicated that the visit will cement previous agreements, important to delivering his vision for a vibrant energy sector that will lead to a substantial drop in the cost of living.

Kenya has signed several agreements and Memorandums of Understanding in various fields of cooperation with Qatar.

According to Esipisu, in the upcoming state visit to Kenya by the Amir of Qatar, several MoUs and Agreements are expected to be signed and several others will be discussed.

“The agreements that will be signed will include the Agreement on Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research as well as the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation,” he announced.

“The tradition with State visits is now fairly well known to you. Formal welcoming ceremonies include an honour guard and a 21-gun salute, a tête-a-tête with the President, bilateral talks and, in this case, a State luncheon.”

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The Amir is also traveling with a strong contingent of business leaders.

“We expect that they will strike deals with their Kenyan counterparts at a business forum.”

Separately, Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Commerce and Investment Majed bin Abdullah Al-Kassabi will lead a delegation of 80 investors and entrepreneurs to Kenya.

He will be hosted by his Kenyan Counterpart Adan Mohamed of Industry and Trade.

The investors have interests in agriculture, energy, construction, transport, healthcare among others.

This delegation is organised by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Council of Saudi Chambers.

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