President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on France to support Kenya’s effort to secure regional peace and stability.
President Kenyatta said Kenya and France shares common ideals and looking forward to a closer collaboration in a bid to promoting security in war-torn South Sudan, Somalia and Burundi.
The President spoke Monday during a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.
They two discussed on security situation in the region. According to President Kenyatta, the situation in South Sudan is of concern saying if violence is not contained poses security threat to the region.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to head for a special IGAD meeting in Addis Ababa this weekend where South Sudan situation will be discussed.
“We need a strong regional position that will be supported by the international community to guarantee peace in South Sudan,” Uhuru said.
President Kenyatta also expressed concern over the European Union’s withdrawal of its support to AMISOM battling terrorists in Somalia.
“There is need to do more to stabilize Somalia. This is not the time for our partners to withdraw support,” Uhuru added.
On his part, Ayrault said France will continue supporting Kenya and its neighbours in the efforts to ensure regional peace.