President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday left the country for state visits to France and Germany, with trade, development, cooperation on top of his agenda.
The President, accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, was seen off by Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, among other senior government officials.
In Paris, the Head of State will hold bilateral talks with President Francois Hollande among other engagements. Talks between the two leaders will focus on security matters, with Uhuru and his host seeking a strategic partnership to help stem the rise of violent extremism which the two countries are grappling with.
The President will stay in France from April 4 to April 6 before departing for Berlin where he will be until April 8 at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Uhuru’s tour of Germany is historic, being the first official visit to the country by a Kenyan Head of State in 17 years. The President and Merkel will explore ways of deepening the existing bilateral relations in key areas of mutual interest such as trade and investment, tourism, education, culture and security.