Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is on a two day official visit to Kenya aimed at increasing the volume of trade between the two countries, is keen to cement bilateral ties.
Abiy commissioned the Moyale One-Stop Border Post in Marsabit County. He was joined by his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta, who received him in Moyale County at the border post, which is expected to ease immigration and customs clearance.
The Premier challenged President Kenyat to work on the security of the northern region to enable it to realise its full potential.
Speaking at the launch, PM Abiy said that the project was a success due to the unity between the two countries.
“We are one people, one country. This new infrastructure will help the two countries in terms of business, trade and tourism.”
President Kenyatta said: “We cannot establish an economic history if we are consistently experiencing insecurity.”
The two leaders are expected to head to Lamu County, where they will inspect the ongoing construction of Lamu Port and later visit Mombasa County.
The agenda of the two leaders is to commission the One-Stop Border Post at Moyale in Marsabit County and then Inspect the new Lamu Port.
The leaders have in the past met on several occasions to discuss trade or celebrate historical landmarks.
This is Abiy’s first foreign trip since he announced the completion of a military operation in the Tigray region.
The fighting has left thousands of people dead with tens of thousands fleeing the country.
He said: “I am pleased to announce that we have completed and ceased the military operation in the Tigray region. Our focus now will be on rebuilding the region and providing humanitarian assistance while federal police apprehend the TPLF clique.”