JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED BY HIS EXCELLENCY UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND HIS EXCELLENCY ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI ON THE OCCASION OF THE STATE VISIT TO KENYA FROM 8TH TO 10TH MAY 2018
1. At the invitation of His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti made a State Visit to Kenya from 8th to 10th May, 2018.
2. The two Heads of State reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to deepen the cordial bilateral relations between Kenya and Djibouti. They noted with deep satisfaction that the cooperation between the two countries lay on a foundation of shared values and principles aimed at fostering sustained growth and shared prosperity. In this regard President Ismail Guelleh warmly welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to establish an Embassy in Djibouti in the shortest time possible.
3. The two Heads of State directed their respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs to convene the next session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation in the next quarter, and to put in place robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure implementation of the deliverables agreed upon.
4. The two Heads of State focused attention on expansion of bilateral trade, enhancing collaboration in air transport including cargo flights, as well as cooperating in Tourism, Agriculture, Livestock development, Education, Energy and cooperation between the ports of Mombasa and Djibouti.
5. On tourism, the two Heads of State underscored the need to enhance cooperation in Tourism with deliberate focus on capacity building, tourism management, education and training as follows:
- Student and lecturers exchange program;
- Exchange of scholarship and fellowships;
- Short courses and management development program; and,
- Joint research activities in Hospitality and Tourism.
6. The following agreements were signed:
- Agreement on Cooperation in Trade;
- MoU on Bilateral Cooperation in the Agriculture sector;
- Agreement on Cooperation in Vocational Training
- Agreement on Mutual Visa Exemption for holders of Diplomatic passports
- Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection on Investment
7. Further, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Kenya Airways and Air Djibouti SAS, providing for Kenya Airways to assist Air Djibouti in capacity building and maintenance services.
8. The President of Djibouti visited a flower farm, a milk processing plant and the Olkaria Geothermal plant. In this context, Kenya agreed to assist Djibouti to develop geothermal energy drawing on Kenya’s experience in this area.
9. The two leaders also agreed to cooperate in the field of agriculture, specifically livestock breeding, management and trade, an area that Djibouti has registered commendable success. Djibouti welcomed Kenya’s interest to use her Regional Livestock Quarantine Facility to prepare Kenya’s livestock for sale in the international markets, and help to build Kenya’s capacity in this area.
10. The two Heads of State pledged to continue to work together in safeguarding peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region, specifically in Somalia under the aegis of IGAD and the African Union. Noting that both Kenya and Djibouti are troop-contributing countries under AMISOM, the two Heads of State called for enhanced and sustainable funding for the Mission to facilitate the delivery of the Mission’s mandate.
11.Both leaders noted that Al Shabaab continues to pose significant threat to Somalia and the region. In this regard, they expressed concern at the continued lukewarm international support for Somalia, in particular inadequate and unpredictable funding for AMISOM, which threatens to roll back the gains made thus far.
12.Further, the two leaders committed to continue lobbying for adequate and sustainable support to AMISOM, including provision of force multipliers for the Mission in Somalia, as well as training for the Somalia Security forces. The leaders expressed deep concern at the effects of external interests that are destabilizing Somalia further.
13.The two leaders expressed their desire to see a faster pace in ongoing efforts to restore peace in South Sudan. They urged leaders of South Sudan to place the interests of their people above their own in order to give peace a chance.
14.The two Heads of State underscored their commitment to a rule-based international system with balanced multilateralism and organs reform of the United Nations System at its core. The Leaders agreed to champion common African Union Positions, including within the UN Security Council.
15.The two Heads of State noted the progress in the AU reforms agenda geared towards economic emancipation as encapsulated in Agenda 2063 and evidenced by the signing of the AfCFTA in March 2018.
16.At the conclusion of the State Visit, His Excellency President Ismail Omar Guelleh, expressed gratitude to His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the people of Kenya, for the successes accrued during the visit as well as the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during the State Visit.
17.President Guelleh invited his Brother, President Kenyatta to reciprocate the State Visit. President Kenyatta accepted. The timing of the visit will be managed through diplomatic channels.
18.His Excellency President Kenyatta wished His Excellency President Guelleh good health and long life, and to the people of the Republic of Djibouti peace and prosperity.
Nairobi on May 9, 2018