Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan touched down in Kenya for the second-leg of a three-country tour of east Africa to hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta. President Erdogan arrived this morning.
Upon arrival, Erdogan and his wife Emine were welcomed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi by the President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and Turkey’s ambassador to Kenya Deniz Ekeby at about 11am on Thursday.
Several other notable people joined the president in receiving Erdogan and they included First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe and cabinet secretaries.
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The two country’s national anthems were played, and members of the defence forces fired 21 cannon shots before Turkish President then inspected a guard of honour.
The Turkish President signed the visitor’s book upon entry into State House and joined Uhuru in his office for one-on-one talks. The two Presidents will later lead their delegations in bilateral talks.
After the bilateral talks, Erdogan will head to the United Nations Office in Gigiri, where he is to meet with UNEP Executive director.
He and Uhuru will lead a Kenya-Turkey Business Forum at Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel later in the afternoon. In the evening, Erdogan will be honoured with a state dinner.
Earlier, the Turkish leader visited mausoleum of Kenya’s first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta where he laid a wreath. While at the location, he was welcomed by Mwathethe and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had also paid an official visit to Uganda. His visit to these two countries will last between May 31 and June 3, marking the first time a Turkish president has visited these East African countries.
A statement released by the presidency said the president met with Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on June 1 and presided over inter-committee meetings.
Businessmen from Turkey accompanied President Erdoğan with aim to strengthen economic ties.
Trade between Turkey and Kenya has more than doubled the last 10 years to $144 million last year, according to Turkish Foreign Ministry, and the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency.
The improvement has been influential in developing health, agriculture and education projects in Kenya and other African countries.