NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.

I write to convey my warm congratulations following your election as the Chairperson of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolution Democratic Front (EPRDF) and endorsement by the Ethiopian Parliament as the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Kenyatta said in a congratulatory message to the new Ethiopian Prime Minister on Monday.

He said the election of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was clear demonstration of the trust and confidence that members of the EPRDF Council have in his ability to lead the party and the entire country in its aspirations for unity in diversity, peace and national development.

More significantly, I also wish to congratulate you and the people of Ethiopia for the manner in which you have managed the political transition. You have made Africa proud, Kenyatta said in the congratulatory message to Abiy.

The Kenyan leader said he looked forward to working closely with the incoming Prime Minister to consolidate the valuable strategic partnership characterized by excellent bilateral relations and a strong co-operation in regional and multilateral issues that Kenya and Ethiopia have forged over time for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.

I particularly look forward to our joint efforts in the pursuit of regional and continental peace, stability and development within the framework of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) for the benefit the people of our region and beyond, Kenyatta added.