ADDIS ABABA, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya held discussions here Monday with Djibouti President IsmaA�l Omar Guelleh and agreed on greater trade and security co-operation between their countries.

During the meeting which was held on the margins of the African Union (AU) summit here, President Kenyatta told the Djibouti leader he was keen on greater co-operation in the livestock sector, in which the Horn of Africa state is a leader.

We want to explore an agreement to work closely with Djibouti in the livestock sector. Using the window offered by Djibouti, we can improve our access to Middle East markets, President Kenyatta told the media after the meeting.

President Guelleh saw collaboration in the livestock area also helping Kenya to accelerate development of its leather industry, which is in line with the manufacturing segment of president Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda focusing on affordable housing, affordable healthcare for all, food and nutrition security, and increased manufacturing.

The two leaders also discussed intelligence sharing and closer security ties in order to effectively combat terrorism.

President Kenyatta invited President Guelleh ti make a State visit to Kenya, during which the two countries could sign agreements in the identified areas of co-operation. They also discussed the candidature of their two countries for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, and the possibility of Djbouti standing down for Kenya.

President Kenyatta also had an informal meeting with Mozambique President Felipe Nyusi on Monday and discussed initiatives to improve trade relations between Kenya and Mozambique.