Nairobi News


Uhuru meets Theresa May to seek post-Brexit trade pact

President Uhuru Kenyatta met Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Thursday and discussed among other issues the miraa ban.

United Kingdom, home to one of khat’s biggest markets, declared the stimulant a class C drug and banned all imports.

State House said President Kenyatta urged Prime Minister May to extend technical and financial support to miraa growing areas to enable crop diversification.

President Kenyatta also sought a pact to guarantee Kenyan exports accessed the UK market on a duty-free quota-free basis after the country exits from the European Union.


“It is Kenya’s desire to continue having seamless trade relations during and after Brexit. We wish to continue accessing the UK market duty-free and quota-free after the UK exits the EU,” he said.

The President and the PM also discussed Kenya’s counter-terrorism program, with Ms May making commitment to support the program.

President Kenyatta pushed for the re-establishment of a UK visa processing centre in Nairobi to serve as a regional office for Eastern and Central Africa.

The President is in Britain for the Thursday Third London Conference on Somalia at the famed Lancaster House.

He will also meet Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Friday.