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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta calls on May at 10 Downing Street

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Published: 11:56 GMT, May 11, 2017 |
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President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta pushed for a post-Brexit deal with the UK in his first meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday.

Uhuru sought a pact to guarantee Kenyan exports 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.

At a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street, Uhuru spoke strongly about strengthening bilateral relations with Britain.

The two leaders agreed to create a working group to examine a new framework for bilateral and economic relations. The aim is to ensure predictability and continuation of existing market conditions after Brexit.

They also discussed Kenya’s counter-terrorism programme in the context of deepening the security architecture for the country and the region. May committed support for the programme.

Uhuru also pressed for the re-establishment of a UK visa processing centre in Nairobi, to serve as a regional office for Eastern and Central Africa. UK visas for the region are currently processed in the South African capital, Pretoria.

The President praised May for lifting the travel advisories that adversely affected Lamu and Manda islands, saying this will significantly increase the number of tourists arriving from the UK.