Uhuru, Mugabe hold bilateral talks in Nairobi


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Zimbabwe's President H.E. Robert Mugabe (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta on the sidelines of TICAD VI.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday held talks with President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on ways of strengthening the African Union.

The talks focused on ways of boosting the AU’s capacity in dealing with issues affecting Africa, boosting regional security and efforts that Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is making in Somalia and South Sudan.

In the discussions held at the margins of the sixth edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), the two leaders exchanged views on promoting agriculture.

President Kenyatta informed his Zimbabwe counterpart on the critical contribution small holders make to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product.

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

President Mugabe commended Kenya for hosting a successful TICAD and invited President Kenyatta to visit Zimbabwe.

President Uhuru Kenyatta also held talks with South African President Jacob Zuma with the discussions centering around regional security and bilateral issues.

The two leaders discussed the situation in South Sudan and how IGAD is navigating in trying to restore the path to sustainable peace.

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

Issues of trade and deepening of bilateral relations also featured prominently in the discussions.

As a key step to enhance the existing relations between the two countries, President Zuma confirmed that he will make a State Visit to Kenya in October.

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