President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has welcomed the country’s growing partnership with China, saying it is playing a big role in helping Kenya achieve its socio-economic agenda to improve the welfare of its people.

The President cites the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR0 being built in co-operation with China as an important project which will not only benefit Kenya but also open up the whole of East and Central Africa for trade and investment.

“As a country, we play a pivotal role in opening up the region. We welcome the win-win partnership we have with China, especially in these infrastructure projects,” President Kenyatta said when visiting Chinese Foregin Minister Wang Yi called on him here Wednesday.

The president said the frequent exchange of visits by senior Chinese and Kenyan government officials signified the determination by both sides to strengthen bilateral relations for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

The meeting, which was also attended by Cabinet Secretaries (Ministers) Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade), Adan Mohamed (Industrialization and Enterprise Development) and James Macharia (Infrastructure and Transport), also discussed regional peace and security issues.

Wang said China would not pull investments out of South Sudan and urged Kenya to continue its leadership role in resolving the crisis in the troubled neighbouring country.

He assured that Beijing supported the position of Kenya and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Horn of Africa bloc in addressing the South Sudan situation. Wang also commended Kenya for its role in Somali peace initiatives, saying Kenya and China should continue working to entrench stability in the Horn of Africa nation.

On South Sudan, President Kenyatta said Kenya would do everything possible to stabilize its northern neighbour. “If South Sudan is peaceful, Kenya is also peaceful, a stable South Sudan means a stable Kenya also,” he said.

The President also briefed the Chinese Foreign Minister on the resolutions passed by the African Union on the United Nations Security Council reforms.

Wang said China supported the AU’s position on the reforms, pointing out that his country was against the domination of the UN Security Council by developed countries at the expense of developing nations.