Egypt seeks Kenya’s support for African Union Chairmanship in 2019

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry and other government officials.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday met Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry who delivered a message from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
In the message, Egypt is seeking Kenya’s support for the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) after President Paul Kagame’s term comes to an end next year.
Egyptian President El-Sisi called for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support to secure the AU top position.
The term of President Kagame, who took over from Guinea’s President Alpha Conde as chair of AU in January, will end in 2019.
Egypt affirmed its commitment to deepen cooperation with Kenya on bilateral and regional issues as the two countries look to explore new areas to enhance their relations.
In February last year, President El-Sisi made a State Visit to Kenya where he agreed with his host President Kenyatta to fast-track bilateral agreements as part of the efforts to strengthen their economic ties.
Through the Kenya-Egypt Joint Commission for Corporation currently in its seventh cycle, the two countries have laid down a series of strategic interventions to boost trade ties. These include reviewing the bilateral agreements by expanding them to include various players drawn from both governments.
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma attended the meeting at State House, Nairobi.