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Speaker of the National Assembly bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe

The National Assembly Speaker, Hon. Justin Muturi held bilateral talks with the Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe at State House, Tokyo.

The meeting follows successful TICAD VI Conference hosted by Kenya and Japan at KICC Nairobi in August, which successfully ended by Japan committing KES 30 Billion in aid of infrastructural projects in Africa.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Abe noted with concern that Kenya had pulled its troops out of South Sudan following unilateral decision to sack Lt-Gen. Johnson Ondieki as the Head of UNMISS one week ago.

Prime Minister Abe said Japan had sent a Special advisor of the Prime Minister, to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, to personally request him to review the decision as Kenya's presence and participation in the UNMISS was critical to the long term peace process in the region. Japan sits in the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.

He further added that he would pass the request of H.E. Prime Minister Abe to H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, so as to engage the UN body with a view of re-looking at the decision to sack Lt-Gen Ondieki and the readmission of the Kenyan troops to South Sudan.

Speaker Muturi thanked Japan for giving Kenya the opportunity to host TICAD VI, adding that Japan was a strategic partner to Kenya in the community of Nations.

The Speaker was accompanied by Majority Leader Aden Duale, Defence and Foreign Relations Commitee Chair, Hon. Ndung'u Gethenji, Runjenjes MP and KEWOPA Chair, Hon. Cecily Mbarire, Kakamega County MP, Hon.Rachael Ameso and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Justin Bundi.

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