Presidents Kenyatta, Hollande Hold Bilateral Talks

President Uhuru Kenyatta met his host French President François Hollande.

French President François Hollande

President Uhuru Kenyatta met his host French President François Hollande.

During the meeting that sought to further strengthen and consolidate the existing relations between Kenya and France.

“Our relations are based on shared values and common interests,” said the President adding that France has over the years, remained one of Kenya’s most valuable and reliable strategic partner at both the bilateral and multilateral levels.

The President said he is in France to deepen the already existing relations with the French government and French people.

“We strongly believe in strengthening people-to-people relations and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our friends, and this occasion gives us that opportunity,” said the President.

President Kenyatta discussed matters of security with President Hollande discussions that centered on intelligence sharing as well as refining approaches in ensuring ways of curbing terrorism.

Noting that both France and Kenya have been victims of terrorism , the President said terrorism is a global problem “that Kenya has consistently said requires a global approach in resolving.”

The President led the Kenyans delegation in signing several agreements and Memoranda of Understanding worth around 250 million euros.

The funds will be used on infrastructure projects, which the President said hold key to bringing prosperity to the Kenyan people, others included, security, energy, roads, water and financial inclusion.

The Kenyan delegation discussed matters of technical cooperation and the partnership provided by the French Development Agency in various fields, including infrastructure, water and sanitation, energy, micro-finance sector, environment, investments, culture, sport as well as education in teaching of the French language.

Kenya and France have enjoyed warm and cordial historical ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1964.

In order to increase to reduce the trading gap between France and Kenya which is in favour of France, the President urged France to begin importing value added goods into the French market. These include coffee, tea, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables.

President Kenyatta urged more French tourists to visit Kenya saying , Kenya is an attractive tourist destination that offers unique attractions including national parks, game reserves and River Mara which is one of the wonders of the world owing to its unique wildebeest migration, the Great Rift Valley, coastal beaches and a rich cultural heritage.