, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 6 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday afternoon held talks with the visiting Democratic Republic of Congo, President Felix Tshisekedi at State House Nairobi.
During their talks the two leaders explored ways strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
President Kenyatta assured his counterpart of Kenya’s commitment in helping the DRC achieve political stability saying that Kenya has learned valuable lessons from past political tensions, which the country is willing to share with the Great Lakes nation.
“Thank you for coming and we are looking forward to strengthening the partnership between our two countries for the benefit of our citizens,” said President Kenyatta.
“We will continue to help you achieve peace and stability because we have had similar experience which we can share. Our country has been able to calm down political temperatures through the famous Building Bridges Initiative,” he continued.
The President said Kenya has for decades hosted Congolese refugees some of whom have since been adopted as Kenyans adding that the two countries have a lot to share in terms of cultural heritage.
“Many Congolese have lived in Kenya and the country has adopted some of the Congolese music which has now become part of our life,” President Kenyatta told his visiting counterpart.
President Kenyatta said Kenya will partner with DR Congo in capacity building by offering training opportunities to Congolese public servants in Kenya’s training institutions such as the Kenya School of Government.
“Our partnership would ensure that the two sister countries achieve our founding fathers dream of a stable, secure and prosperous African continent,” said President Kenyatta.
He said the training would enable the Congolese policy makers to sharpen their skills thereby formulating good policies to ensure the country achieves its development goals and deliver quality services to its people.
“We are ready to partner in building infrastructure, sharing skills in extractive industry and in many other areas of mutual benefit,” the President said.
On trade, President Kenyatta observed that a lot of Congolese imports pass through the port of Mombasa especially goods destined to Goma and Lubumbashi the eastern part of DRC and called for the deepening of trade ties going forward.
Once again President Kenyatta congratulated the newly elected President for winning the December 30th election saying the peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo is a sign that Africa has now matured and that it can sort out its problems without external influence.
The President also lauded the citizens of DR Congo for their maturity in how they conducted the last election and urged them to unite and develop their country.
On his part, President Tshisekedi thanked President Kenyatta for being a true friend of DR Congo as demonstrated by President Kenyatta’s recent visit to the country to attend the Congolese leader’s inauguration ceremony.
He said DR Congo would forever cherish Kenya’s friendship as it has continued to support the country’s road to political and social stability.
He acknowledged the important role played by the port of Mombasa to the economic wellbeing of Congo saying his country is willing to join the East African Community so as to deepen its economic ties with the region.
The Congolese leader said the EAC will benefit the citizens of DR Congo more, especially those who reside in the eastern part of the expansive country.
He thanked President Kenyatta and the Kenyan Government for offering to train Congolese civil servants saying the opportunity will go along way in helping the country achieve its development goals.
The two leaders agreed to plan for reciprocal state visits once the newly elected President forms his government.
The DRC President who is on his three-state maiden tour arrived in Nairobi Wednesday afternoon after visiting Angola and will be heading to Congo Brazzaville next.