Kenya is set to escalate its relations with the United Kingdom attributed to the visit by His Majesty King Charles III to the country which is bet on to boost trade and investments.
President William Ruto said the two countries share rich, steady, and historical ties, which must be explored for their shared interests. Adding that the strategic areas of collaboration include defense and security, education, environmental conservation, and climate change.
Speaking on Tuesday during a tête-à-tête with His Majesty King Charles III at State House, Nairobi, the president further revealed that Kenya and the UK are keen on working together to broaden their cooperation in strategic areas.
Kenya and the UK are keen on working together to broaden their cooperation in strategic areas
Earlier, in the company of First Lady Rachel Ruto, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, and other leaders, the President welcomed Their Majesties as they began their tour of Kenya. The President told the King that he was not a stranger to Kenya, having visited in 1971, 1977, 1978, and 1987.
In as much as this isn’t the first visit of His Majesty, however, this is His Majesty’s first visit to a Commonwealth nation as King. “We appreciate the efforts you have made to establish, maintain, and grow your connection with us,” explained the President.
The king in his speech echoed the president’s words of his numerous visits to the country, also remarking how it was in Kenya where Queen Elizabeth II’s reign began, having acceded to the throne in February 1952. As he pointed out his stay and visit will see to it that he meets conservationists like the daughter of the late Nobel Peace Prize Hon Wangari Maathai.
His Majesty King Charles III commended Kenya’s dedication and determination toward achieving environmental conservation and taking great strides in seeking to achieve renewable energy capacity and going green in their economy.
The King lauded the country’s roles played on the global stage from economies to the sports and conservation conversations that the country has made bold statements and commitments toward attaining the sought solutions and developments.
The Royal Family, in a statement, noted that the visit is nostalgic and seeks to celebrate the warm relationship between the two countries. At the Uhuru Gardens, His Majesty paid his respects to Kenya’s fallen heroes by laying a wreath at a tomb.
Efforts at greater relations he emphasized are significantly evident over the six decades that the country has been independent and working closely in both trade and diplomatic relations.