NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya and Djibouti on Wednesday signed four
agreements aimed at boosting trade and deepening bilateral
The deals were
witnessed by visiting Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh and
his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.
“We have talked
about how to strengthen our cooperation and to secure our
nations. Both our nations are in a very troubled region and we
talked on how to secure the safety and prosperity of our
people,” Kenyatta said in a statement after the meeting.
Kenyatta said the
partnership that has existed between Kenya and Djibouti has been
strong and efforts were being made to make the cooperation more
He said the two
nations face the same kind of challenges since they are in a
region that has for decades been ravaged by conflicts and modern
forms of organized crime like terrorism.
The two leaders also
oversaw the signing of an agreement which binds both nations to
protect private or public investment in each country originating
from the other as part of desire to promote greater economic
Speaking during the
ceremony, President Guelleh, who arrived in Kenya on Tuesday
evening, said Djibouti desires to strengthen its partnership
with Kenya in developing the region and making it peaceful.
Djibouti and Kenya are working together to make Somalia peaceful
to ensure that the security risk that its continued instability
poses to the region is eliminated.
“We are in a
troubled region where we are confronted by extremism and
violence. That is why our militaries are in Somalia to help it
regain stability because what happens in Somalia has an
immediate impact on all of us,” said Guelleh.
He said Djibouti,
like Kenya, is sincere in its desire to make Somalia peacefull.