Kenya's President, Daniel Arap Moi, arrived in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Monday (29 January) for a three-day official visit.
Kenya's President, Daniel Arap Moi, arrived in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Monday (29 January) for a three-day official visit. He was scheduled to talk with Ethiopia's military leaders about co-operation and their shared fears of Somali intentions in the Horn of Africa.
SYNOPSIS: President Moi and his delegation of eighteen Ministers and officials arriving at Bole airport, Addis Ababa. It was Mr Moi's second visit outside Kenya since he succeeded the late President Jomo Kenyatta. Heading the welcome committee was Ethiopian leader, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam.
Reuters news agency reported that President Moi received a warm welcome, which included a twenty-one gun salute. His powerful delegation included Kenya's Foreign Minister Munyua Waiyaki, Home Affairs Minister Stanley Oloitiptip and Attorney-General Charles Njonjo. Observers were intrigued by the mixture of idealogies at the bilateral talks they were about to hold. Kenya is one of black Africa's most successful capitalist states, and Ethiopia has embraced fervid Marxism since the late Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed five years ago.
At present, the two countries are linked by their disquiet about Somali ambitions. Somalia has expressed the wish of creating a greater Somalia by embracing ethnically Somali areas of both Ethiopia and Kenya.
In the mid-sixties, Kenyan forces clashed with Somali bandits in northwest Kenya and, last year, Ethiopia, aided by Soviet and Cuban forces, routed an invasion by Somalis in its Eastern Ogaden Desert Region. As well as Somalia, the two leaders were scheduled to discuss topics of mutual interest and international issues. The were to begin their talks within hours of President Moi arriving with his delegation. But first, the ceremonials were given full flow.
While this was Mr Moi's second visit abroad as president, it was his first to another African country. Diplomatic sources interpreted this as showing the importance he, and Colonel Mengistu, attached to exchanging views on their worries about Somalia. The official Ethiopian news agency (ENA) later described their opening talks as lengthy.