President Uhuru Kenyatta was given a grand reception, complete with a military guard of honor on his visit to Jamaica. HE the President was received by Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Governor General Patrick Allen. His reception at the airport included Uhuru inspecting a guard of honor mounted by the Jamaica Defence Forces and a 21 gun salute, the highest honor for any visiting head of state. It was the first time a Kenyan President was visiting Kingston.
President Uhuru was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Ambassador Monica Juma and a host of other top state officials. Kenya and Jamaica have pledged to deepen bilateral and people-to-people ties for the benefit of the two countries.
The commitment came as President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is in Jamaica for a historic state visit, held bilateral talks with his host Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday afternoon.
The two leaders witnessed the signing of four agreements among them MoUs on technical cooperation in tourism and in the fields of sports, culture and heritage as well as a framework of cooperation between the two governments. Thy also signed an MoU on political consultations.
President Kenyatta also vouched for direct flights between the two countries, saying it will boost tourism and increase interactions between Kenyans and Jamaicans.
“Our national carrier now has scheduled direct flights from Nairobi to New York but we would like to see flights flying from the East Coast to the West Coast of Africa and directly to Jamaica, and through Jamaica to the rest of the Caribbean as a true way of deepening our partnership,” President Kenyatta said.