Kenya, Djibouti to abolish visa requirements for respective nationals

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Kenya, Djibouti

Djibouti and Kenya have agreed to eliminate visa restrictions for its people, according to the office of Kenya President William Ruto on Sunday.

According to a news release from Kenya’s president’s office, the two East African countries want to boost bilateral trade by pushing for a visa-free environment for their respective citizens.

With the decision to eliminate visa restrictions for their respective people, the two nations expect to strengthen bilateral investment connections as well as regional stability.

The bilateral visa-free agreement was achieved earlier on Sunday during a meeting in Djibouti city between Kenyan President William Ruto and his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh.

The Kenyan president’s office also stated that the two leaders addressed the restoration of aviation services between Nairobi and Djibouti.

Ruto is now in Djibouti for the 14th Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Assembly of Heads of State and Government, which begins on Monday in Djibouti.

Kenya and Djibouti are founding members of the East African bloc IGAD, which was established in 1996 to replace the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD), which was established in 1986 to strengthen political and economic connections among East African nations.