She is the first ever female president from the Eastern part of Africa. Her visit to Kenya holds so much significance not only for bilateral ties between Kenya and Ethiopia but also on women in politics. Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde was in the country on a 1 day state visit and paid a courtesy call to President Uhuru Kenyatta in State House, Nairobi.
President Sahle-Work Zewde arrived at the president’s official residence shortly after 1 pm and was received by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.Ms Zewde was accompanied by Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Meles Alem Tekea.
After signing the visitor’s book, President Zewde proceeded into a meeting with her host President Kenyatta, where they discussed a wide range of matters of mutual interest to the two nations, key among them being the ongoing engagements aimed at deepening diplomatic and bilateral ties between the neighboring countries.
Ethiopian president decided to come to Nairobi herself to assure Kenya her country had not turned its back on its relationship with Nairobi, even if it ( Ethiopia) has sought other partnerships with different countries Kenya is not part of.She however assured President Uhuru Ethiopia and Kenya enjoy strong bilateral ties and will continue in the same spirit.
As a show of good will and hospitality, President Uhuru Kenyatta personally organized a luncheon for the visiting president. Present were Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), Ukur Yatani (Labour and Social Protection), Amina Mohamed (Sports, Culture and Heritage), Rachel Omamo (Defence) and Kenya’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Catherine Mwangi.
Others were Ambassadors Marta Eugenia Ruiz of Costa Rica, Elizabeth Ines Taylor Jay of Colombia and High Commissioner Fransisca-Ashietey Odunton of Ghana.