President Uhuru, Saudi King hold bilateral talks in Riyadh


President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday held joint talks with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Al Saud in Riyadh.
The two leaders discussed various ways of improving bilateral trade between the two countries and other areas of cooperation.
It was Uhuru’s first trip to the Middle East, a move that also saw him hold talks with Jordan King Abdallah II.
“President Kenyatta held bilateral talks with the King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to discuss trade and security ties between Kenya and Saudi Arabia on the margins,” State House said.
The Saudi leader lauded Kenya for fostering regional stability by promoting economies through strong trade ties with East African neighbours.
Also, the two leaders discussed possible areas of cooperation in the fight against terrorism. Saudi Arabia is a close ally of the US in the war against terrorism.
“King Salman praised Kenya for its role in securing regional stability and its open economy policy that has been an anchor for regional economies.

“The two leaders also discussed the need to enhance the cooperation in the fight against global terrorism,” added State House.
Uhuru’s trip is the 31st trip outside the country since taking over for the second term.


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