NAIROBI, 28 February 2021 – Kenya will remove all visa restrictions to South Sudan, according to an announcement by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The announcement was made Saturday in Nairobi during the virtual East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Summit.

EAC 21st Summit, First Virtual Summit - Photo Trendsmap

EAC 21st Summit, First Virtual Summit – Photo Trendsmap

Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta on Twitter

Uhuru Kenyatta on Twitter

Kenyatta took over the rotating presidency of the bloc from Rwandan President Paul Kagame during the session marking the 21st summit of the bloc, and the first ever to be held virtually.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit appealed for the visa waiver for visas with Kenya and Uganda.

Kenyatta said his country was waiving visa restrictions for South Sudan “in the spirit of one people, one destiny” and “on the basis of reciprocity” as requested by South Sudan’s Salva Kiir Mayardit”.

The summit formally appointed Kenya’s Peter Mutuku Mathuki as the bloc’s new Secretary-General for a 5-year non-renewable term effective next April 25.

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