On the day one of her official visit to Djibouti, Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma had several engagements. The CS held a meeting with her counterpart Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf. During the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers reiterated the need to unlock the potential in the existing warm fraternal relations and discussed regional peace and security. They also discussed upcoming state visit of President Ismail Omar Guelleh to Kenya, the Second Kenya-Djibouti Joint Commission for cooperation among other bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.
Later in the day, CS Juma called on President Ismail Omar Guelleh, in the presidential palace. She delivered a special message from President Uhuru Kenyatta, conveying an invitation for the state visit to Kenya in May 2018.
In the evening, CS Juma hosted the Kenyan Diaspora in Djibouti to a reception at the Sheraton Hotel. During the interactive session, the CS reiterated the need for Kenyans to continue projecting a positive image of the country, to scout for opportunities and act as links for Kenyan businesses to trade and set up presence. In addition, she echoed the significance of Djibouti to Kenya especially regional security, the potential in horticultural trade, banking and hospitality.
On April 25, 2018, the Cabinet Secretary is scheduled to meet the Ministers for Information, Higher Education, Agriculture and Livestock, as well as the one in charge of economic development and tourism. Later in the day, she will join other dignitaries to launch the IGAD Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Centre.