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President Kenyatta accompanied the India PM to a gathering of Indians living and Working in Kenya at the Kasarani/PSCU

President Kenyatta accompanied the India PM to a gathering of Indians living and Working in Kenya at the Kasarani stadium on his arrival Sunday/PSCU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Monday morning hold bi-Lateral with talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at State House, Nairobi.

According to State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, the two Heads of State will explore ways of strengthening ties between their respective nations.

“Formal reception ceremonies will be held tomorrow (Monday) morning, including a Guard of Honour and a 19–Gun Salute. It will be followed by one-on-one talks between the President and his guest, bilateral talks, a media briefing, a Kenya-India business forum,” Esipisu said on Sunday.

Modi will later visit the United Nations office where he is scheduled to meet with various representatives of UN agencies in Nairobi.

Thereafter, he will visit the University of Nairobi where he is set to pay his respects at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi before departure.

The visit comes more than 30 years after a sitting Indian PM toured Kenya, the last being in 1982.

On Sunday, President Kenyatta joined Modi in at the Safaricom Kasarani stadium where the Prime Minister addressed a gathering of the  Indian community in Kenya.

In his address to the gathering, President Kenyatta said that the Indian Premier’s visit is indicative of the strong ties between Kenya and India that span for more than a century.

The President described Kenya as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious nation that has opened its doors to all who wish to collaborate in development.

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“The Indian community in Kenya is part and parcel of the country’s history, its present and will be part of its future as well,” President Kenyatta said.

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