Uhuru and Putin all smiles in Russia: Photos

Uhuru meets Putin

President Uhuru Kenyatta in Russia with Russia's President Vladimir Putin

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Sochi for the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit.

President Kenyatta met with Russia's Head of State Vladimir Putin during the summit which was attended by more than 3000 delegates from African countries and Russia.

Speaking at the summit Putin hailed the continent's "enormous potential for growth" and negotiated deals to tap its riches including diamonds, uranium and oil.

Putin said Russia's annual trade with African nations has doubled in the last five years and expressed confidence that it could double again "as a minimum" in the next four or five years.

 Uhuru & Putin to meet on sidelines

On the sidelines of the Summit, President Kenyatta will hold bilateral talks with his host President Putin of Russia.

Kenya’s bilateral ties with Russia have been strengthening over the years and the Kenyan delegation will be pursuing trade and investment partnerships.

Other government officials who traveled with President include Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pledged that Moscow will help African countries raise their profile in the international arena.

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