After Djibouti, Ethiopia now Kenya ends French president’s visit

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) is welcomed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi on March 13, 2019, on the first day of a state visit to Kenya. Photo: AFP

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in the Kenyan capital on Wednesday until Thursday on the last and final leg of his east African tour, ADV learns here.

While in Kenya, Macron will attend the summit for the Climate One Planet Summit and sign contracts with Kenyan leaders totaling €3 billion, ADV learned from diplomatic sources.

Macron kicked off his whirlwind visit with a 12-hour stop in Djibouti on Monday and then to Ethiopia and finally will be in Kenya with the aim to strengthen his country’s diplomatic, economic and cultural ties in the region.

At a joint press conference, Djibouti’s president Ismail Omar Guelleh called upon French companies to invest in its new international free Zone of Djibouti.

On Wednesday morning, Macron met with the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, to discuss several partnerships between France and the AU.

“I held wide-ranging discussions with president Emmanuel Macron…with a view to reinforce the already steadfast partnership between France and the AU”, tweeted Faki, after the meeting.

During his stay, Macron also met with the Commander of the Djibouti base, the largest French base abroad and invested much energy to catch up with the unstoppable Chinese adventures to dominate east Africa.

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