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Italian Prime Minister to jet in as Kenya basks in diplomatic boom

Kenya will this week host a high profile guest in the name of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, even as the country readies itself to receive US President Barack Obama.

President Obama will visit Kenya on July 25, the first such visit by a sitting US President since independence, for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Pope Francis will also visit Kenya in November during his voyage to Africa.

The Italian leader will give a speech on “Challenges of development: Building bridges to combat terrorism” at the University of Nairobi Tuesday afternoon.

Those interested in attending the public lecture “should be seated by 1:30pm”, according to an advert in Monday’s newspapers.

Prime Minister Renzi will hold a “number of institutional meetings”, one of them being bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

It is not clear if he will meet the opposition.

Before jetting into the country, the Italian Prime Minister will be in Ethiopia Monday to speak at the UN Conference on “Financing for Development“.

He will also have bilateral meetings with the authorities.

Both Kenya and Ethiopia are leading the war on terrorism in the region.