British PM Theresa May arrives at State House


British PM Theresa May inspects a guard of honour at State House, Nairobi.
British PM Theresa May inspects a guard of honour at State House, Nairobi.

In Summary

  • Earlier, May and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari signed agreements on economic and defence cooperation.
  • The previous day, Theresa May was in South Africa where she held talks with Cyril Ramaphosa.
  • She said Britain supports South Africa’s land reform program provided it is carried out legally.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is currently at State House Nairobi where she is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

She arrived in the country on Wednesday after a visit to Nigeria and South Africa.

During her visit in Abuja, she pledged that her Government would help Nigeria clamp down on human trafficking to Europe and support victims of modern slavery.

“But as well as targeting the smugglers and traffickers that cruelly exploit people for financial gain, it’s vital that we support the victims who have suffered enormous trauma and are at high risk of being re-trafficked,” the prime minister added.

She also urged the West African nation to tap into the City of London’s financial expertise.

“We have long-standing relations with Nigeria and long-standing, close commercial ties with Nigeria. There are British companies that have been here in Nigeria for many, many years. We want to enhance those trading links,” she said.

Earlier, May and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari signed agreements on economic and defence cooperation.

The previous day, Theresa May was in South Africa where she held talks with her South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa.

She also visited the Nelson Mandela prison cell at Robben island.

 

She said Britain supports South Africa’s land reform program provided it is carried out legally.

“The UK has for some time now supported land reform. Land reform that is legal, that is transparent, that is generated through a democratic process,” May told reporters.

In April, Britain hosted a meeting of Commonwealth countries, including South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, seeking to reinvigorate the network of mostly former colonies and drum up new trade amongst its members.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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