Details of President Uhuru's and Theresa May London talks

The two leaders meet for the first time since May assume office and held bilateral talks at Number 10 Downing Street.

The two leaders meet for the first time since May assume office and held bilateral talks at Number 10 Downing Street where they discussed a number of issues including strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

“It is Kenya’s desire to continue having seamless trade relations during and after Brexit. We wish to continue accessing the UK market duty-free and quota-free after the UK exits the EU,” President Kenyatta said.

President Uhuru sought a pact to guarantee Kenyan exports accessed the UK market on a duty-free quota-free basis after the country exits from the European Union.

United Kingdom is Kenya’s third most important export destination after Uganda and the United States, and the leading source market for Kenya’s lifeblood tourism sector.

President Kenyatta and Prime Minister May agreed on creating a working group to examine a new framework for bilateral and economic relations between the two countries to ensure predictability and continuation of the existing market conditions after Brexit.

Miraa also featured in their talks and President Kenyatta asked PM May to extend technical cooperation and financial assistance to Kenyan Miraa farmers to enable them diversify to other cash crops after the miraa ban.

Re-establishment of a UK visa processing centre in Nairobi, to serve as a regional office for Eastern and Central Africa also featured in the London talks.

Uhuru later praised the PM for lifting the travel advisories to Kenya that had negatively affected Lamu and Manda Island which are some of Kenya’s most famous tourist destination.

The Kenyan president also took time to stress on the importance of closer security cooperation, especially in regard to Somalia and the two leaders made a commitment to deepen the security architecture for Kenya and the region.

Uhuru also appreciated the Legal cooperation between the two countries as well as Britain’s continued support through the UK development agency DFID s

President Kenyatta arrived in Britain last night to attend the Third London Conference on Somalia at the famed Lancaster House later today.

On Thursday, the President will separately meet British investors in East Africa, representatives of Kenya’s large UK diaspora.

The President is also expected to meet with Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Friday.


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