President Uhuru Kenyatta met with US President Donald Trump at the start of the G7 summit in Italy.
The two were photographed shaking hands before the a performance by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra in the ancient Greek theatre as part of the G7 Summit.
Uhuru arrived in Taormina on Friday where he will showcase Kenya’s achievements at the G7 Summit as well as meet leaders of the world’s most industrialised countries.
G7 leaders are Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, newly elected President Emmanuel Macron of France, US President Donald Trump and host Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Uhuru flew to Sigonella Airbase in Sicily and then by helicopter to Taormina, a seaside resort heavily protected ahead of the summit. ALSO READ: http://thesleek.co.ke/awkward-moment-donald-trump-fails-to-shake-australian-prime-ministers-hand-in-first-face-to-face-meeting/
Ahead of the visit to Italy, Uhuru said he saw Kenya as an ambassador for Africa at the G7, and a partner for the industrialised countries in key areas of concern – including security, the fight against terrorism, technology and innovation development, as well as deepening inclusive economic growth.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu says the G7 Summit offers the President an opportunity to project Kenya’s point of view on how to foster inclusive growth in the country, region and continent – especially on security matters.
“It is a suitable profile for us to engage directly with the world and the President will be taking that opportunity also to engage on Kenyan and African issues,” Esipisu says.