President Guelleh gets an elaborate state reception with a 21-gun salute

Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh inspecting a guard of honour upon his arrival at State House, Nairobi on May 9, 2018. Photo: PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday morning welcomed Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh to State House, Nairobi, with an elaborate State reception complete with a 21-gun salute.
President Guelleh, who is on a three-day State visit, arrived at State House shortly after 10.00 a.m. and was received by his host President Kenyatta.
The Djibouti leader then inspected a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the Kenya Airforce.
After the arrival ceremonies, the Djibouti leader signed the distinguished visitors book before holding a tete-a-tete with his host.
President Kenyatta and the Djibouti leader later held bilateral talks whose focus were cooperation in trade, livestock management, vocational training, promotion and protection of investment and exemption of visa for holders of diplomatic and service passports.
Additional areas of discussion between the two leaders include partnership in the tourism sector, geothermal energy; expansion of bilateral trade and investment; collaboration in the air transport sector by increasing Kenya Airways passenger flights to Djibouti and introduction of cargo flights through which the two nations can increase volume of trade in the assorted agricultural products including coffee and tea, among others.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe and other senior Government officials were also at hand to receive the Djibouti President.