NAIROBI-- TheChairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has lauded Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's support for the continental body's agenda of integration, trade, peace, security and stability and thanked him for showing commitment to the financial and institutional reforms of the African Union (AU).

We appreciate your support for the Single African Air Transport Market and the African Continental Free Trade Area, among other AU initiatives, said Mahamat when he met President Kenyatta at State House Nairobi Thursday.

He also commended President Kenyatta for demonstrating great responsibility and leadership during the last elections in Kenya which proved to the world that political competition need not be a source of disunity and instability.

On the regional front, he appreciated the role played by Kenya in promoting peace and stability in Somalia and South Sudan.

We commend the sacrifice Kenya has continued to make in support of Somalia and South Sudan in terms of human and capital investment, Mahamat said.

He appealed to President Kenyatta and his colleagues in the member countries of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to remain on course in pushing for peace and stability in South Sudan. There is need to come up with more original proposals that will help resolve the problem in South Sudan. We are relying on you, Mr President, and your colleagues in IGAD to help, he said.

President Kenyatta affirmed his support for the continental integration agenda, saying Kenya is set to submit its papers for the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) which he signed last month in Kigali, Rwanda, with other African leaders.

On South Sudan, President Kenyatta voiced the growing concern and impatience at the slow pace of the peace process in Kenya's northern neighbour and he called on the South Sudan leaders to embrace the IGAD and AU-led peace processes, saying it was sad that the leaders were derailing the peace initiatives.