, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 22 – Kenya and Sudan will work closely to tackle extremist elements threatening the security of Kenya and other nations in the region.
The announcement was made Monday when President Uhuru Kenyatta met a Sudanese government delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Ahmed Karti.
Karti said Sudan has managed to contain terrorist elements and wants to share its skills with Kenya.
The President and the delegation agreed that the security organs of the two countries will create channels to exchange information and ideas.
President Kenyatta said countries in the region must unite and deny extremists space to operate from.
“Many Kenyans have suffered at the hands of extremists. There should be no space for extremist ideologies in the region and we look to partner with friends in the region and from outside to control them,” said President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta said stability in the whole region was a sure way of ensuring safety for all.
He encouraged regional government to double their efforts in restoring stability in countries affected by internal wars.
The President also invited Sudanese businessmen to come and invest in sectors like Sugar and mining. Sudan has a thriving Sugar sector and is an established oil exporting country.
The Sudanese delegation met President Kenyatta after they had signed two bilateral trade agreements with the Government.
Earlier at the Foreign Affairs Ministry headquarters, Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed thanked the government of Sudan for regular sponsorships offered to Kenyan students in the fields of medicine and education.
The Cabinet Secretary attended the State House meeting which was also attended by Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and the Sudanese Ambassador to Kenya Elsadig Abdalla Elias.