President Isaias Afwerki arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi yesterday evening beginning a three-day state visit to Kenya which includes his participation in Kenya’s 50th Independence Day celebration that took place at the Kasarani Stadium on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Up on arrival at Nairobi Jomo Kenyata International Airport, he was accorded warm welcome accompanied by traditional cultural performances, according to reports.
More than 20 heads of states and governments are due to take part in the celebration.
During his 3 day official visit to Kenya, the President is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Kenyan counterpart at the State House.
President Afwerki will also hold talks with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan who is also attending the Golden Jubilee celebration.
Kenyans marked 50 years of independence, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence.
Leaders from across the political divide in the country also came together, as a sign of unity, to reflect on the successes and challenges of the last 50 years as Kenyans.
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed crowds, as his father Jomo Kenyatta did in 1963 when he became the first Kenyan to lead the east African nation.
Kenya achieved independence from Britain on 12 December 1963.
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