NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali on Monday vowed to boost
trade and diplomatic ties between the two neighboring countries.
The two leaders, who held talks in Nairobi, also said they would
re-energize the historical ties laid down for Kenya and Ethiopia
by the two nations’ founding fathers.
They said Kenya and Ethiopia have already elevated their
relationship by putting in place a Bi-National Commission, which
is the highest level of structured bilateral cooperation.
"It is worth noting that this is the highest level of
bilateral cooperation that Kenya has with any country. I note
that the inaugural session of the Bi-National Commission was
held here in Nairobi in June 2016," Kenyatta said during the
According to a statement issued after the meeting, Ethiopia
is expected to host the Second Session of the Bi-National
Commission and 36th Session of the Joint Ministerial Commission
The two leaders discussed economic and security issues. The
Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project (LAPPSET),
which is envisaged to provide an alternative infrastructure
corridor to the Indian Ocean, and which is well on course.
They also discussed the implementation of the Power Purchase
Agreement under which Kenya would import up to 400MW from
They also spoke on a number of shared water resources along
the common border between Kenya and Ethiopia, notably the Omo
River, Lake Turkana and Daua River.
The Ethiopian prime minister promised commitment to advance
the ties between Kenya and Ethiopia.
"We have held talks and agreed to focus on our historical
ties that our forefathers built for us," said the prime
"We are not proud of what we have been doing over the years
and we have to achieve more," Ali said.