France to support Kenya’s quest for regional stability – Macron

Visiting French President Emanuel Macron has committed to support Kenya’s quest for stability in the region, and ongoing counterterrorism efforts.

Macron who spoke at a joint news conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on Wednesday said his government would support ongoing efforts towards peace and stability in Somalia where Kenyan soldiers are part of an African Union peace mission.

“We’re deeply committed in working together with Kenya on security and counterterrorism which is a regional agenda. We work very well together but we want to improve the cooperation from the security and defence point of view,” he said.

Macron praised Kenya’s commitment to regional security and integration, saying France will collaborate with Kenya to secure gains made.

“I’m a strong believer in regional stability and in the African Union. Kenya is a strong believer in regional integration and in such a framework I believe we can deliver much more,” he said.

The French leader also lauded Kenya’s commitment to the use of renewable energy noting the efforts made to grow the sector.

Macron said France would sign agreements on the use of renewable energy on Thursday in a bid to further increase the contribution of renewable energy sources to the national grid.

“You delivered tremendous results regarding the fight against climate change. Your power mix is now 70 per cent based on renewable and we’ll work together with you,” he said.

Macron and Kenyatta formally unveiled a locally assembled Peugeot 3008 SUV during the State House event, with President Kenyatta saying the French car manufacturer had undertaken to upscale its Kenyan operation with the assembling of 1,000 units this year.

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