Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on his re-election to a second term.
President Macron, 44, beat his far-right rival Marie Le Pen by garnering more than 58% of the popular vote in Sunday’s runoff.
In his congratulatory message, President Kenyatta called his French counterpart’s comfortable victory an affirmation of the confidence that the French people have in his stewardship of the European country.
“Heartfelt congratulations Your Excellency and dear brother on your re-election for a second term. Your victory is an affirmation of the great confidence your countrymen have in your leadership,” President Kenyatta wrote.
He assured President Macron of Kenya‘s commitment to continue working with France for the common good and prosperity of both Republics and wished him good health and a fruitful tenure.
“Your Excellency, Kenya remains true to its commitment to continue to work with your administration for the advancement of the peoples of our two nations.
“As you settle into your second term, I wish you good health and success as you lead your beloved country to new heights of prosperity,” President Kenyatta wrote.
France is one of Kenya’s main development partners with a growing portfolio of bilateral aid in key sectors such as infrastructure, trade, agriculture and health, among others.
In infrastructure, the French private sector is financing the construction of the 233-kilometre Rironi-Mai Mahiu-Mau Summit dual carriageway, the largest public-private partnership (PPP) road project in Africa.