Jordanian King Abdullah II arrived Kenya Today, 26th September, to discuss security issues and improve trade relations.
The king and his entourage was received at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by President Uhuru Kenyatta. President Uhuru visited Jordan in August last year of which the King is reciprocating now.
State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said on Sunday that the King will hold discussions with President Kenyatta on issues of security and terrorism.
“During his time here, His Majesty and the President will focus on discussions around security and counter terrorism. They will also witness joint military exercise between the Kenya Defense Forces and the Jordanian Armed Forces.”
After the arrival ceremonies, the two leaders are scheduled to oversee joint military exercises at the Embakasi Garrison.
The military exercises called ‘Swift Eagle’ is a nine-day exercise which will focus on sharing knowledge and skills in combating Kenya’s emerging complex security issues.
Kenya is facing a serious threat from Islamic terror group al-Shabaab. The Jordanian leader is supporting Kenya’s efforts to counter the ISIS affiliated sect.
President Kenyatta and King Abdullah II will then proceed to State House to hold talks.
Kenya will also be hosting South African President Jacob Zuma in the coming weeks as revealed by Mr Esipisu on Sunday.
The spokesman said:
”Kenya and South Africa have very strong ties which go back to the days when men and women of courage supported the fight for freedom in each country and especially against apartheid.
“This visit will review and strengthen that relationship especially now both countries are leaders on the continent.”
The two leading African economies seek to tighten trade ties while strengthening and renewing their relationship especially on interests of immigration.