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Jordan’s King visits Nairobi for talks on trade, security

Kenya hosts King Abdullah II of Jordan on Monday as the two countries look to improve trade relations that have remained strained following a ban on the exportation of domestic workers to the Middle Eastern country.

State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu on Sunday said the King will hold discussions with his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta, on security and terrorism.

The King is reciprocating a visit by President Kenyatta to his country in August last year.

“During his time here, His Majesty and the President will focus on discussions around security and counterterrorism. They will also witness joint military exercise between the Kenya Defence Forces and the Jordanian Armed Forces,” said Mr Esipisu during a briefing at State House.

The exercise will be held at KDF’s Embakasi Garisson in Nairobi.

While in Jordan, President Kenyatta attended the Horn of Africa Coordination Meeting at the city of Aqaba, Jordan, that focused on how to confront terrorism in the Horn of Africa.

Despite the President’s official visit, the ban on domestic workers exportation is still in place and attempts by Jordan to have it lifted have not been fruitful.

Kenya imposed the ban last year following a series of alleged attacks on its citizens who are already working there.