Kenyatta, Prince William hold talks on wildlife conservation

Prince William meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Thursday March 24.

Prince William meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Thursday March 24.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday held talks with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in Nairobi, on wildlife conservation and the overall bilateral relations between the UK and Kenya.

During their meeting at State House, President Kenyatta highlighted his country’s progress in combating poaching, disclosing that next month he will preside over the torching of 120 tons of ivory and 1.5 tons of rhino horns.

“As Kenyans, we are indeed determined to conserve our wildlife for posterity and welcome all the support we can get in this endeavor,” he said.

Kensington Palace announced the purpose the leaders’ meeting was “to deepen relations between the two countries on a broad range of topics including defense and security, and conservation.”

Prince William, who is on a four-day visit to Africa says, he will be seeking to see first-hand some of the longstanding conservation and anti-poaching initiatives across Africa.

“If there is anything I can do to raise the profile in your efforts to conserve wildlife I will do it,” said Prince William, the third in line to the UK throne.

He also doubles as the President of United for Wildlife, an alliance between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
On March 15 2016, a declaration was signed by 40 companies at Buckingham Palace, to help support the private sector in fighting the illegal wildlife trade.

Signatories included bosses of shipping firms, airlines (including Kenya Airways) and customs operators.

Prince William is also in Kenya to attend his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. William, 33, travelled to Isiolo Kenya, Friday where he attended the nuptials of Jecca Craig, 34, and Professor Jonathan Baillie.