PRETORIA, May 19 — South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and his Kenyan counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta, have vowed to increase contacts between the two countries.
The two met in Pretoria when President Kenyatta paid a courtesy call on President Zuma on Sunday night.
Kenyatta is in the country to address the opening of the 6th Session of the Pan African Parliament at Midrand near here Monday.
Kenyatta said both he and Zuma agreed that there was a need for South Africa and Kenya to strengthen their ties. “We agree that there is a need for us to be meeting more often … to move towards strengthening the ties between our countries.”
He added that when relations between African countries were strong, there could be a push towards advancing joint agendas on industrialisation, youth employment and inter-Africa trade. The recent political instability in Burundi caused by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s intention to stand for a third term, was also discussed.
President Zuma said other African countries were concerned about the situation in Burundi which has seen a number of protesters being killed as they took to the streets to oppose the president’s plan to seek re-election in the president election scheduled for June.
“Of course there are processes going on which we believe we will all support and participate in because we would want to avoid problems in Burundi going further,” said Zuma.