Japan’s visiting Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, attended a welcome ceremony held at the State House of Kenya where he was welcomed by H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady. The Prime Minister is in Kenya attending the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI).
Prime Minister Abe laid a wreath at the mausoleum of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the first President of Kenya, which is located within the National Assembly of Kenya.
The two presidents are expected to sign a trade agreement.
This marks the first visit to Kenya by a Japanese Prime Minister in 15 years, since Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori visited in 2001 (accompanied by then Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe), and is the very first state visit by a Japanese Prime Minister.
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Others in attendance of the ceremony were General Samson Mwathethe, Chief of Defense Forces, Amb. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, and others, after which he received a guard of honor salute.
It is the first time that the TICAD summit is being held outside Japan. The two are expected to sign bilateral investment treaties. Abe will also meet with the leaders of Guinea and other African countries on the sidelines.
The two leaders confirmed cooperation for the success of TICAD VI, the first TICAD to be held in Africa.