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Uhuru in Belgium for two-day official visit

President Uhuru Kenyatta started his two-day official visit to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union.

Upon arrival on Monday afternoon, Uhuru was received by King Phillipe at the Royal Palace in Brussels.

He arrived in Brussels on Sunday evening aboard a Kenya Airways aircraft, is the President-in-Office of the 79-member OACPS.

During the two-day visit, Uhuru is scheduled to meet the President of the European Council Charles Michel to discuss Kenya-EU relations and address a Kenya-Belgium business forum.

Uhuru held private talks with King Phillipe upon arrival, accompanied by CS Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Betty Maina (Trade), and Aden Mohammed (EAC).

Also on the president’s itinerary is a meeting with the Secretary-General of the Organisation of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti and an address to the organization’s Committee of Ambassadors.

Speaking ahead of the president’s arrival, Kenya’s ambassador to Belgium Jacob Kaimenyi said during the visit, Uhuru will address matters related to Kenya-Belgium, and Kenya-EU relations as well as regional agenda in his capacity as the Chairperson of the East African Community (EAC).

Kaimenyi said that the president will discuss the progress of the post-Cotonou agreement with his European Council counterpart and get an update on the instrument’s rollout progress from the Secretary-General of the Brussels-based multilateral institution.

“We’ve had the Cotonou agreement which has been there for 20 years, coming to an end in 2020. We have negotiated another agreement between the European Union and OACPS, 79 countries, called the post-Cotonou agreement, post-2020 so to speak,” Kaimenyi said.

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