Uhuru: Barbados is Kenya's strategic partner in the Caribbean
SEE ALSO :The curse of handshakePresident Kenyatta noted that Kenya’s engagement with its African diaspora has been lacking but expressed confidence that his visit to Barbados at the invitation of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley will strengthen relations between the two countries. “It is my belief that this visit will lead to stronger links and bonds of friendship between our two countries as well as the people of the wider Caribbean region and the African continent,” President Kenyatta said. The Barbadian Governor General said President Kenyatta’s visit was a testimony of the friendly relations between Kenya and Barbados and demonstrated the importance the two countries attached to that relationship. “Our relationship was established on the basis of mutual understanding, respect and dignity. Following this visit, I believe that our strengthened relationship will be expressed at a new level of interaction and cooperation,” she said. The Governor General pointed out that Kenya and Barbados share similar views on major issues such as efforts to address climate change and the recognition of the importance of sustainable development of the blue economy.
SEE ALSO :Uhuru to open Naivasha SGR stationEarlier when he arrived in Barbados, President Kenyatta was accorded full state welcoming honours complete with a 21-gun salute. The President, accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, were received at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley where the elaborate state reception took place. The firing of 21 cannons was preceded by the national anthems of Kenya and Barbados before President Kenyatta inspected a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the Barbados Defence Force. During the visit, President Kenyatta will lead the Kenyan delegation at bilateral talks with Prime Minister Mottley and her delegation that will culminated in the signing of bilateral agreements to bolster cooperation between Kenya and Barbados. “I look forward to engage with Prime Minister Mottley to discuss various issues of mutual interest pertaining to better connectivity between the Caribbean and the African continent, increasing trade between our two regions, matters of cultural exchange and how we can market the beautiful product (sandy beaches) that God has given us both in the Caribbean and the African continent,” the President said.
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