ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia May 26 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohamed Morsi of Egypt have committed to consult and work closely in matters of mutual interest both at the continental and global arena.
At a meeting on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit, in Addis Ababa, the two leaders stressed the need for Africa to speak in one voice and look for African solutions to challenges facing the continent.
On economic issues, the two leaders agreed to strengthen existing bilateral cooperation with a view to boost trade and investment between the two countries within the framework of COMESA and the African Union.
The two leaders in particular noted the need to enhance cooperation in tourism which is a major source of foreign exchange for the two countries.
Noting that Egypt is a key tourism destination attracting millions of visitors each year, President Kenyatta expressed confidence that Kenya would benefit from close cooperation with Egypt.
President Morsi said his government was supportive of Kenya’s peace initiatives and hailed Kenya for the frontline role it has continued to play in search for lasting peace in the Horn of Africa region especially in Somalia.
President Kenyatta also held talks with the President of Malawi Joyce Banda and Ghanaian President John Mahama.
During the meeting with President Banda the two leaders hailed the cordial relations between Malawi and Kenya and explored ways of strengthening relations between the two countries for the mutual benefit of their people.
Noting the two countries shared common interests within the COMESA and the Great Lakes Region, the two leaders agreed to work together to promote African unity, peace and development.
President Kenyatta and President Mahama also discussed ways of strengthening the two countries’ economic, social and political cooperation noting that the two nations shared a common history and had a lot to learn from each other.