, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 5 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has returned to the country from Ndola, Zambia, where he attended the 51st Zambia International Trade Fair.
President Kenyatta was the chief guest at the trade fair at the invitation of President Edgar Lungu.
The 51st ZITF, which is being attended by 325 companies from Zambia and 15 other countries, is also part of the events to mark Zambia’s Golden Jubilee anniversary.
President Kenyatta said he was optimistic that under his leadership and that of President Lungu, the two countries will restore their historic close links.
Zambia and Kenya enjoyed very close links under founding President Jomo Kenyatta and Zambia’s founding father, Kenneth Kaunda. President Kenyatta paid a courtesy call on Kaunda Friday.
During his two-day State Visit, President Kenyatta held bilateral talks with President Lungu and also witnessed the signing of bilateral agreements aimed at boosting the trade links between the two countries.
The agreements were reached at the 9th Session of the Kenya–Zambia Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) held in Nairobi last month.
The plane carrying the President, who was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed during the visit, landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 8.30pm Saturday.
He was received at the airport by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Maj Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery, the Chief of Kenya Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe, and other senior Government officials.