On Tuesday, following the inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and the official inauguration luncheon, the UK Minister for Africa Rory Stewart met leader as he began his second term in office.
This was Mr Stewart’s first official visit to the country.
In productive discussions, during which the British MP for Penrith and The Border was joined by the UK High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey, he passed on a congratulatory message from Prime Minister Theresa May alongside an invitation to the Commonwealth Summit in London next year.
He also welcomed the President’s commitment to national unity, making clear his hope that Kenya will now come together in the spirit of reconciliation, after a difficult election period.
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President Kenyatta and Mr Stewart went on to discuss the future of the wide-ranging partnership shared by the UK and Kenya.
Speaking at the end of the visit, Mr Stewart said: “I am pleased that I was able to visit Kenya and attend President Kenyatta’s inauguration. This marks the moment where Kenya can move forward after a prolonged, divisive election period in a new spirit of reconciliation. I hope that all Kenyans will recognise the need now for national dialogue and healing.
“The UK has extensive and historic links with Kenya, through our business links, our development programmes, and our diasporas. This has been an opportunity to reaffirm our partnership and hear more about the ways that our two countries can work together.”