Egyptian President welcomed with 21 gun salute at State House

February 18, 2017 2:37 pm
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The total volume of trade between Kenya and Egypt stood at about Sh45 billion in 2015 while the highest value was approximately Sh59 billion in 2012, according to official statistics/PSCU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 – Visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was Saturday morning received by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi where he was received with a 21-gun salute.

After the formal ceremony the two leaders held a one-on-one talks before they led their delegations in bilateral talks aimed at bolstering cooperation between Kenya and Egypt.

The total volume of trade between Kenya and Egypt stood at about Sh45 billion in 2015 while the highest value was approximately Sh59 billion in 2012, according to official statistics.

Kenya’s total exports to Egypt were valued at approximately Sh20 billion with a negative trade balance of Sh5.6 billion in 2015.

These exports comprise a limited number of products dominated by tea at 96 percent of the total exports to Egypt. Egypt is the second largest importer of Kenyan tea.

In November last year, Vice President William Ruto visited Cairo, discussing with El-Sisi the strengthening of cooperation efforts in various fields between African and Nile Basin countries in particular.

At the time of his visit, Ruto announced that Kenya had exempted Egyptians from the previous necessity to obtain entry visas in advance to visit the country.

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