ADDIS ABEBA – President Sahlework Zewde is set to make a one-day official visit to Nairobi on Tuesday for talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopian embassy in Nairobi said.
The discussion is expected to focus on strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation between the two neighboring nations.
“The main purpose of HE President Sahlework’s visit to Kenya is to deliberate on ways of further strengthening bilateral ties and cooperating on regional issues of common interest with the President of the Republic of Kenya HE Uhuru Kenyatta,” read a statement from the Embassy.
In the course of the last one year, the two nations have revived their bilateral relations.
Summit meetings between the leaders of Ethiopia and Kenya in 2018 and 2019 had reawakened the Special Status Agreement of 2012 between the two countries and underlined that infrastructure development was a common enabler of their respective economies.
During their meetings, both heads of state had made bold commitments.
They had agreed logistics for the One Stop Border Post should be put in place by the end of the second quarter of 2019; they had agreed to jointly inspect and supervise the Lamu-Garissa-Moyale and Moyale-Hawassa-Addis Abeba road networks.
Ethiopia’s embassy in Kenya noted the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) and the Moyale Joint City and Economic Zone projects also demonstrated the power of bilateral relations.
Ambassador Meles Alem, last week, said Nairobi and Addis Abeba have an intertwined destiny, and they should pursue a collective and complimentary outcome for the betterment of their 150 million people.
He emphasized that successful development of the Ethio-Kenya relations would demonstrate that both countries were partners and not competitors, with the exception athletics.
Ethiopia and Kenya have longstanding relations and the Ethiopian Embassy in Kenya was established 54 years ago.