President Uhuru Kenyatta Meets UK Prime Minister Theresa May for the First Time

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta met UK Prime Minister Theresa May for the first time on Thursday morning and held landmark talks at Number 10 Downing Street in London.

    Kenyatta sought a pact to guarantee Kenyan exports access to the UK market on a duty-free quota-free basis since the UK is Kenya’s third most important export destination after Uganda and the United States, and the leading source market for Kenya’s lifeblood tourism sector.

    "It is Kenya’s desire to continue having seamless trade relations during and after Brexit.

    "We wish to continue accessing the UK market duty-free and quota-free after the UK exits the EU,” President Kenyatta said.

    President Kenyatta also pressed for the re-establishment of a UK Visa processing centre in Nairobi, to serve as a regional office for Eastern and Central Africa.

    Currently, UK Visas for the region are processed in the South African capital of Pretoria.

    Kenyatta also asked Prime Minister May to extend technical cooperation and financial assistance to Miraa growing areas to enable diversification and to minimise negative effects of the export ban to the UK imposed three years ago.

    President Kenyatta arrived in Britain last night to attend the Third London Conference on Somalia at the famed Lancaster House later today, and to meet PM May on deepening bilateral relations for one of the country’s long-term allies.

    The President will also meet Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Friday.