NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has
phoned British Prime Minister Theresa May and discussed trade
and investment, defense and counter-terrorism issues.
The British High Commission in Nairobi confirmed talks between
May and Kenyatta, saying in the statement that the Kenyan leader
congratulated May after she was appointed to office.
Kenyatta told her that Kenya greatly values its relationship
with Britain, which is based on shared values and common
"The Prime Minister underlined Britain’s commitment to
continuing to build on our ties in a number of important areas
such as trade and investment, defense and counter-terrorism,"
the statement said.
She welcomed Kenya’s recent ratification of the Defence
Cooperation Agreement (DCA), which is an important element of
the two countries’ partnership, and provides a platform for
"They ended the call by looking forward to meeting at the
earliest opportunity," the statement said.
The new DCA was ratified by the Kenyan Parliament on Sept. 1,
allowing for the continuation of British military training in
Kenya currently worth 75 million U.S. dollars per year to the
The pact is also expected to trigger an enhanced program of
cooperation between the two nations’ armed forces.
British forces have trained in Nanyuki Town and Samburu
County in northwest Kenya since independence, based on
agreements that are renewed periodically.