Kenyatta meets Robert Mugabe at TICAD

NAIROBI, – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Zimbabwe’s beleaguered strongman Robert Mugabe met on Saturday on the sidelines of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi to discuss regional security and bilateral issues.

The two leaders discussed the situation in South Sudan and how the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was navigating the peace process in trying to restore sustainable peace, a statement issued by the presidential strategic communications unit said.

They also discussed decisions taken at the African Union summit in Rwanda, and how to accelerate implementation.

The two presidents also touched on deepening bilateral trade relations between Kenya and South Africa.

As a key step to enhance the existing relations between the two countries, Zuma confirmed that he would make a state visit to Kenya in October, the statement said.

Kenyatta and Mugabe discussed ways of strengthening the African Union to boost the continental body’s capacity to deal with issues affecting Africa.

They exchanged views on promoting agriculture, with Kenyatta informing Mugabe of the critical contribution smallholder farmers made to Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Kenyatta and Mugabe also discussed regional security and the efforts IGAD was making in Somalia and South Sudan.

The two leaders agreed on the need to promote co-operation in building communications and infrastructure on the continent.

Mugabe commended Kenya for hosting a successful TICAD and invited Kenyatta to visit Zimbabwe, the statement said.

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