EYEAFRICA TV: Nairobi, Kenya: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and China’s President Xi Jing Ping’s special representative Yang Jiechi, Wednesday discussed bilateral ties between the two countries.
The two sides say the several meetings between them in recent years have led to their countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership into a new era.
Yang, who is also a senior official of the Communist Party of China, said China is committed to continue helping Kenya to achieve Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda, under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and by implementing agreements made at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).
He said the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries has achieved remarkable results, saying the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) has been running well and the Phase 1 of Nairobi-Malaba SGR is near completion.
He added that China is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with Kenya in international and regional affairs and jointly safeguard multilateralism, international fairness and justice and the common interests of developing countries.
President Kenyatta asked Yang to convey his cordial greetings to President Xi and thanked China for its selfless help in Kenya’s economic and social development.
He said Kenya and African countries are willing to work with China to implement the outcome of the Beijing Summit of FOCAC and further deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields.
Mr. Kenyatta said the Sino-African cooperation is mutually beneficial and is welcomed by African countries, noting that Kenya is committed to firmly defend multilateralism, free trade as well as the international trade system.
Yang used the opportunity to meet with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma on Wednesday and discussed bilateral ties