Kenyatta wishes Ramaphosa, new ANC NEC well

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"[Today's visit] has laid the groundwork for my state visit, which should be sometime in the first quarter of this year, where we hope to conclude some very strong agreements of mutual benefit", Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta will also meet Deputy President and President of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa who was picked to succeed President Zuma as leader of the ANC in a national congress last month.

The President commended the ANC leader for following in the footsteps of the founding fathers of the ruling party, saying the message of unity resonates well with their ideals. Ramaphosa said ties between the two countries can be boosted by opening doors to citizens to travel and do business without impediment.

They pinpointed trade and infrastructure as the pillars that would emphasize the relationship between Kenya and South Africa.

He said the two countries have a lot to share in exploitation and development of natural resources for the benefit of their citizens.

"We have a common heritage as Africans. We want to see how political parties in Africa can cooperate", President Kenyatta said. Ramaphosa said there is a lot to learn on agriculture from Kenya, as they play a leading role on the continent in agriculture.

Ramaphosa said exploitation of natural resources would create job opportunities for the youth.

Cyril Ramaphosa addresses supporters at the ANC's 106th anniversary celebrations at Absa Stadium in East London South Afric
Kenyatta wishes Ramaphosa, new ANC NEC well

Kenyatta and Zuma held a three-hour-long bilateral meeting at the Edwardian-style presidential residence Dr John Dube House while throngs of journalists and photographers waited patiently for them outside.

President Kenyatta also explained that he would "participate in the African National Congress (South Africa's ruling party) 106 birthday celebrations" on Saturday at East London's Buffalo City Stadium in the Eastern Cape.

Since becoming ANC president in December‚ Ramaphosa has preached unity in the party‚ constantly saying that competing factions before the December conference should now come together.

Numerous South African companies have a presence in Kenya.

President Zuma announced that he would host President Kenyatta for a State visit later this year.

The ANC president said the party was focusing on re-establishing itself with its electorate as well as on land redistribution, economic growth to create more jobs and education as its main priorities.

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