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.
I am delighted to host my friend H.E. President @EmmanuelMacron of France at State House, Nairobi in his historic visit to Kenya. Kenya and France enjoy a cordial relationship that has helped spur growth in different areas for the benefit of our people | #KenyaFranceRelations pic.twitter.com/qhdmq4LgFW
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) 13 mars 2019
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.
I held wide ranging discussions with president @EmmanuelMacron at the African Union Commission during his visit to Ethiopia, with a view to reinforce the already steadfast partnership between France and the AU. pic.twitter.com/vyls9iOHWg
— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) 13 mars 2019
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.
© Bur-csa – A.H / S.E – From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng