Kenyan President Kibaki holds talks with Shanghai Mayor

President Mwai Kibaki today held talks with Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng who officially received in Shanghai at the start of his five-day state visit to the People's Republic of China.

Speaking during the meeting at Xijiao State Guest Hotel, President Kibaki thanked the mayor for the rousing welcome accorded to him and his delegation.

The President commended the mayor and the people of Shanghai for implementing positive reforms that enabled their city to rapidly develop within a short period of time.

He welcomed the increasing socio-economic cooperation between the two countries and expressed Kenya' s readiness to work closely with China for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

On his part, Mayor Han Zheng hailed the traditional cordial relations between Kenya and China, noting that the cultural and economic ties between the two countries have improved over the years.

The mayor thanked President Kibaki for visiting China and especially Shanghai Municipality, saying the state visit will further enhance the growing trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

"We are optimistic that your visit to China will further strengthen our economic and trade links," the Shanghai Mayor emphasized.

The two leaders also discussed a wide range of development issues affecting the two countries.

The meeting was attended by Kenyan Ministers Chirau Ali Mwakwere, David Mwiraria, Morris Dzoro, Raphael Tuju, Amos Kimunya, Musikari Kombo and Assistant Minister Moses Wetangula who are among the senior Government officials accompanying President Kibaki.

Later the Kenyan President, First Lady Lucy Kibaki and the high-powered Kenyan delegation were hosted to an official welcoming banquet by Mayor Han Zheng at the hotel.

(Cited from the Website of State House, Kenya)

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