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President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in Nairobi for two-day official visit

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in the country for a two-day official visit.

The president’s flight touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and was received by the Foreign Cabinet Secretary Dr Alfred Mutua and his Mining counterpart Salim Mvurya.

During his visit, he will hold talks with his President William Ruto, which is aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between South Africa and Kenya.

His visit comes after the conclusion of the 27th UN Climate Change Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

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Both the two leaders made their statements in the concluded UN Summit, calling on concerted efforts from all the countries to tackle the issue of Climate Change.

President Ramaphosa is the first visiting president under the leadership of President Ruto who took the office on September 13.

During the inauguration of President Ruto, several Heads of State in Africa attended the event, but President Ramaphosa missed out.

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South Africa is Kenya’s market for cut flowers among other commodities. In the last 25 years, the exports of Kenya to South Africa have increased by about 0.49 per cent, while the export from South Africa to Kenya have increased at about 2.94 per cent in the same period.

His visit comes as both Kenya and South Africa continue to push for a ceasefire in Ethiopia, with the last meetings taking place in Kenya.

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Last year, former president Uhuru Kenyatta made his last visit as the president to South Africa, where the two countries signed eight agreements to strengthen their bilateral trade.

Among the agreements signed included MoUs in transport, health, diplomatic consultations, and training. Also, tourism and migration are featured in the agreement.

During the visit, Mr Kenyatta thanked President Ramaphosa for the support that saw Kenya joining the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for the period 2021 to 2022.

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