Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on a wide range of issues aimed at boosting ties in the African continent, particularly in the economic sphere.
Modi, who arrived here yesterday on the final leg of his four-nation Africa tour, was accorded ceremonial guard of honour at the State House here.
“The fourth welcome in 5 days, PM Narendra Modi receives ceremonial honours at the State House in Nairobi,” said MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup
Pm Modi also paid tributes to Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya and a towering political figure of Africa.
“India-Kenya ties have stood the test of time. Both our nations have had very strong people-to-people ties and both nations have successfully fought colonialism in the previous century.”
The focus of the African tour is on deepening cooperation in areas of hydrocarbons, maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture and food.
Describing terrorism as one of the two major challenges facing the world, Prime Minister NarendraModi tonight said all forces believing in humanity must come together to defeat this “anti-humanity” menace.
Addressing the Indian diaspora in Nairobi on Sunday, he also said that India was marching towards economic progress despite the global recession and his government was aiming at over 8 per cent growth, up from the current level of 7.6 per cent.
During his hour-long address amid repeated chants of ‘Modi, Modi’, he spoke on a number of issues, including the initiatives taken by his two-year old government for transforming the lives of common people in India and fulfil their “dreams”.
Significantly, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied Modi to the Kasarani Stadium where he addressed the gathering of estimated 20,000 Indians and people of Indian origin, soon after his arrival from Tanzania.
Talking about the challenges facing the world, the Prime Minister identified terrorism and global warming as the two problems.
“Those believing in humanity must come together. The sooner they come together, the sooner terrorism can be ended… Therefore, those believing in humanity must join forces to defeat anti-humanity forces. We need this resolve,” he said.
Earlier, Kenyatta also hailed the Indian diaspora while noting that the relations between India and his country went back to over 100 years.
Prime Minister reached Nairobi after completing a day long visit in Tanzania. The Kenya visit comes at the last leg of his four nation tour which began on July 7 from Mozambique.