Uhuru Leaves the Country 3 Days After Russian Trip

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, October 28, evening jetted out of the country for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for what was termed as bilateral talks with the leaders of the kingdom.

    The president's trip was said to be low key as there were very few officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to see him off when he left at around 4 p.m.

    According to The Standard, the details of the trip were kept under wraps.

    His Monday trip came barely three days after he jetted back into the country from Sochi, Russia from the first-ever Africa-Russia Summit hosted by President Vladimir Putin.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta in a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

    He is also said to have sent Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba to Baku, Azerbaijan, to represent him at the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam).

    In Baku, Namwamba mounted a campaign, with the highlight being his address to the summit on Saturday, October 26.

    Before heading to Russia President Kenyatta had visited Japan for the enthronement of the country's emperor.

    Kenyatta described the Africa-Russia Summit as a turning point in the history of Russia-Africa relations by creating a new platform for cooperation.

    “Kenya will, among other things, endeavour to build bridges regionally and globally with a view to promoting collective peace and security, counter violent extremism and terrorism and enhance efforts towards the global environment and climate change agenda,” he stated.

    On his part, President Putin pointed out that the summit, which would be held after every three years, would be used as a vehicle to deepen and strengthen Russia-Africa ties with the overall objective of achieving sustainable global peace, security and development.

    The Russian leader pledged to continue supporting African Nations in seeking solutions to their challenges.

    "As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia will continue supporting the African Union resolution that, African problems require African solutions," President Putin stated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arriving in Japan on October 21, 2019.