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Uhuru Kenyatta visits Ethiopia to bolster trade links, discuss regional security

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was due to leave Monday for a four-day state visit to Ethiopia to boost bilateral relations. The Kenyan leader is visiting the Horn of Africa neighbor in a mission packed with national and regional security agenda.

Talks between the Kenyan delegation and the hosts will also centre on economic and commercial links between Kenya and Ethiopia, President Kenyatta's office announced.

President Kenyatta's state visit - his first to an African country and second globally since his inauguration in April 2013 - will focus on the security situation in the region. His first state visit was to China in August 2013.

While in Addis Ababa, the visiting leader will meet Ethiopia’s President Mulatu Teshome, and host Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for talks.

President Kenyatta's office said he would also attend the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit on the situation in South Sudan and Somalia, scheduled to hold in the Ethiopian capital Thursday, where regional security matters would be discussed.

'Kenya has been at the forefront in promoting stability in the region, and is playing a key role in the search for a lasting solution to the South Sudan conflict and the restoration of stability to Somalia,' the State House said in a statement.

Energy sharing will feature at the bilateral meeting following Ethiopia’s construction of the Gibe Dam III, which will produce additional hydroelectric power.

Kenya expects to benefit from the new capacity, under the terms of a Power Purchase Agreement signed in 2012.

The Kenyan and Ethiopian delegations are also expected to discuss infrastructure – especially the Lamu Port and South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project.

The LAPSSET project, launched in March 2012, is one of the flagship projects of Vision 2030.

Components of the project include the Lamu-South Sudan Ethiopia Road measuring 1,730 kilometres; a 2,240-kilometre oil pipeline from Lamu to Isiolo, and then to Ethiopia; and an oil refinery at Lamu to refine oil products for Kenya and Ethiopia.

Pana 11/03/2014