By Samuel Ouma
On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, held one-on-one talks with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.
During the meeting, President Kenyatta called on Rwanda to diversify its imports from Kenya and continue taking advantage of the improved services at the Port of Mombasa to facilitate the movement of goods.
According to Kenyatta, Rwanda’s strategic position in the region makes it an important trading partner to Kenya, especially as a gateway to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the broader Great Lakes Region market.
He welcomed Rwanda’s move to re-open its Gatuna border with Uganda, saying it would ease the movement of goods and people between the two neighbouring countries.
The Kenyan leader assured his Rwandan counterpart of Kenya’s commitment to ensuring the two countries collaborate in championing the ideals of the East African Community for the benefit of the people of the region.
At the same time, the two leaders also affirmed their commitment to working together to find lasting solutions to conflicts facing Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia, saying Kenya and Rwanda will continue to play a leading role in promoting dialogue and peace amongst the warring parties.