Ethiopian Prime Minister gets full state honours

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali was Monday formally received by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
The visiting Prime Minister-who arrived in the country on Sunday at the start of his two day state visit – was accorded full military honours that included a 19 -gun salute, with the Kenya Defence Forces band playing the national anthems of Kenya and Ethiopia.
After the arrival ceremonies, the Ethiopian leader signed the distinguished visitors book before holding a tete-a-tete with his host.
The state visit by the Ethiopian Prime Minister is geared towards bolstering the existing strong relations between Kenya and Ethiopia.
Bilateral and regional issues are expected to dominate discussions between the two leaders.
Kenya and Ethiopia have enjoyed strong bilateral relations, deepened further by the Special Status Agreement between the two countries.
The two countries are key partners in security and peace in the region, and have both committed time and resources in the fight against terrorism as well as the fight to bring Somalia to sustainable peace, and the initiatives to find a lasting solution to the challenges in South Sudan.
Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe and other senior Government officials were also present to receive the Ethiopian Prime Minister.