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President Kenyatta Receives China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Mombasa

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Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi arrived on Wednesday evening at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa, where he was received by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Raychelle Omamo.

The Kenyan foreign ministry described the visit by Wang Yi, as “historic”. It said security, health, climate change and green technology transfer would be discussed and new bilateral agreements would be signed.

Yi will meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during his two-day stay in the East African country.

Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi

The Minister’s visit to Kenya will focus on among other things; promoting the implementation of the outcomes of the 8th FOCAC Ministerial Conference, new measures for practical China-Kenya cooperation and China’s support for African countries in combating COVID-19 and achieving economic recovery at an early date.

According to Kenya’s state-owned KBC, television Yi will also join Kenyatta in inspecting a new oil terminal that is being constructed by China Communication Construction Company (CCCC).

The oil terminal is one of many development projects implemented in the East African country by China.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Raychelle Omamo receiving the Chinese State Councilor

Others include an already completed 480-kilometer Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) linking Mombasa to the capital Nairobi, and a 27.1-kilometer elevated Expressway in Nairobi whose construction progress recently drew praise from President Uhuru Kenyatta who hailed China as Kenya’s key development partner.

Yi’s visit to Kenya is part of his three-nation tour of Africa–after Eritrea and before Comoros. Eritrea joined Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a long-term plan to fund and build infrastructure linking China to the rest of the world, in November.

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