NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti to State House Nairobi with an elaborate State reception complete with a 21-gun salute as President Guelleh began a three-day State visit to Kenya Wednesday.

This is the second visit by the leader of a neighb ouring country to nairobi this week after President Kenyatta hosted Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali on Monday.

President Kenyatta and the Djibouti leader are scheduled to hold bilateral talks whose focus would be co-operation in trade, livestock management, vocational training, promotion and protection of investment and exemption of visa for holders of diplomatic and service passports.

Additional areas of discussion between the two leaders include partnership in the tourism sector, geothermal energy; expansion of bilateral trade and investment; collaboration in the air transport sector by increasing Kenya Airways passenger flights to Djibouti and introduction of cargo flights through which the two nations can increase volume of trade in the assorted agricultural products including coffee and tea, among others.

Medicines, especially for veterinary purposes, also remained a common export between the two countries, in the last five (5) years, said State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu in an earlier media briefing on Sunday.

Kenya and Djibouti have also both contributed troops to the AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia), and so you can expect regional security issues to also emerge during the talks, Esipisu added.

After the bilateral talks at State House, Nairobi, the two leaders are expected to address a business forum at a Nairobi hotel later in the day.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and senior government officials were also at hand to receive the Djibouti President.