Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta has this afternoon landed in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. He was received by the nation’s President, Ahmed Abiy Ali, who termed Ethiopia as being Uhuru’s second home.

This comes barely two days after the Kenyan president issued a directive that Kenyan security forces should beef up security after deteriorating security in some of the neighbouring countries, including Ethiopia.

Ethiopia has been under siege by Tigrayan forces who had threatened to topple the nation’s capital, a risk that still remains eminent.

On 11 November 2021, Ethiopia’s spokesperson in the ministry of Foreign Affairs had stated that the nation was ready to negotiate for the release some UN staff who were detained for alleged infringement of the state of emergency in Ethiopia, if some preconditions are met.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit comes after that of African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olegun Obasanjo. It is most likely that the President’s visit is for diplomatic purposes as Kenya is seen as a leader in the region.

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