PS Juma Congratulates the Sudan on Lifting of Sanctions

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Monica Juma has applauded the Government and the people of the Republic of Sudan following the lifting of international sanctions against their country by the United States of America.

PS Juma who is currently in the Sudan to attend the African Union Strategic Consultative Peace and Security meeting that started on October 8, 2017, attributed much of the peace and security challenges in Horn of Africa to state fragility.

“I urge for protection and deepening of democracy, enhanced state effectiveness and shared regional vision and prosperity in order to insulate from violent extremism as some of the imperatives to be considered to reverse state fragility in the region,” she said.

During a bilateral meeting with Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, she briefed the Minister of Kenya’s forthcoming elections and the challenges on the proposed amendments to the electoral law before the repeat polls.

The two officials agreed to enhance cooperation both at the political and economic levels.  They also agreed to organise a meeting soon for political consultations and explore more ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries.

Prof Ghandour congratulated Kenya and in particular President Uhuru Kenyatta for respecting the verdict of the Supreme Court saying these gesture had elevated Kenya’s democratic credentials.

The PS also paid a courtesy on her counterpart Amb. Abdul Khan Al Kareem, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan.

CS Amina Mohamed Briefs African Ambassadors on Upcoming Elections

REMARKS BY AMB (DR.) AMINA MOHAMED, EGH, CAV CABINET SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS DURING A BRIEFING WITH THE AFRICAN DIPLOMATIC CORPS AT THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL, NAIROBI ON 5TH OCTOBER, 2017

Amb. Monica Juma, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

H.E Kelebert Nkomani, Dean of The African Diplomatic Corps

Hon. Abdikadir Hussein Mohamed, Senior Advisor on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Office of the President

Excellencies

Ladies and gentlemen

Thank you very much for your presence at this briefing. As you are aware, Kenya is a nation that is guided by the tenets of the Constitution and is open to constructive engagement with all actors based on the principle of sincerity, reciprocity and mutual respect. As representatives of Kenya’s sister countries on the continent, it is important that we continue to engage on the prevailing electoral matters in the country.

Over the past year, Kenya has witnessed unprecedented democratic moments. A comprehensive and consultative pre-election process, a historic, peaceful election on 8th August, 2017 with the largest voter turnout in our history, H.E The President’s monumental statement respecting, although not agreeing with the decision of the Supreme Court to annul the Presidential election and his unequivocal call on Kenyans to remain peaceful following the decision. Kenyans’ peaceful acceptance of the Supreme Court’s decision was inspiring and laudable.

Following the Judgement by the Supreme Court and other Judgements and Rulings by the High Court and the Court of Appeal in the period preceding the General elections, Parliament has realized the need to seal the gaps in the existing law through a public-participatory legislative process.

These events have received remarkable attention from all corners of the world. However, in certain instances, the reports have not been accurate. Therefore, as Kenya continues to prepare for the Presidential election scheduled for 26th October 2017, and following the last briefing by the Principal Secretary on 26th September, 017, we have decided to continue our engagement with you on the current state of election preparedness. Particularly, the ongoing legislative process in Parliament.

Hon. Abdikadir Hussein Mohamed who is a Senior Advisor on Constitutional and Legal Affairs in the Office of the President will take us through the legislative process and other emerging legal aspects.

I thank you.

EU to Fund Peace Programs in the Horn of Africa

Brussels, Friday, September 29, 2017 (MFA Press) — Kenya is among countries in the Horn of Africa that will receive approximately 4.1 billion Euros from the European Union to fund commercial related programs that are linked to promoting peace, security and post-conflict reconstruction in the region. The allocation that has already been approved by EU Parliament will be administered directly by the EU External Action Service- the equivalent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  A steering committee Group at senior official levels will be set up to develop political and delivery framework for the joint action.    

The announcement was made Friday, September 29, 2017 in Brussels during an informal Ministerial meeting between Foreign Ministers of International Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) member states and Mrs. Federica Mogherini, the Vice- President & High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed attended the informal meeting accompanied by Amb. Johnson Weru – Kenya envoy to the EU, and Amb. Martin Kimani, Director National Counter Terrorism Center in Nairobi. The meeting was also attended by Amb. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD and Mr. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

This was the Mrond informal meeting between Mrs Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers for Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda after a meeting held in March 2017 in the margins of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

The meeting focuses on the multiple challenges affecting the security, stability and prosperity of the Horn of Africa ranging from protracted conflicts and transnational crime to irregular migration and poor economic development.

Mrs. Mogherini reiterated the EU’s continued engagement and support to the security and stability of the Horn, through close political ties and the EU’s substantial cooperation and security commitments, including through its EUCAP Somalia and ATALANTA missions. Both sides agreed to reinforce collaboration on transnational crime, maritime security and border management, in full respect of the rule of law and protection and of human rights.

They also exchanged views on concrete avenues for cooperation on cross border trade and investment through EU instruments and programmes, notably the new EU External Investment Plan launched yesterday.

The EU commended Igad’s important initiatives to manage the reconciliation processes in Somalia and South Sudan and welcomed IGAD’s Summit decision to revitalize the peace process in South Sudan in June.  At the same time the EU high representative emphasized the need for closer regional cooperation to face common transboundary challenges.

Both sided concurred on the crucial importance of Somalia’s security and state building progress for the stability of the region. The EU Reiterated its support for the AMISOM mission while highlighting the need for fairer burden sharing of the international community and a gradual ownership by the region.

In dedicated discussions on the humanitarian situation in the Horn, Commissioner Stylianides welcomed the solidarity shown by several countries in the Horn hosting millions of refugees. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed reiterated the need for burden sharing as a way of supporting each other in the repatriation process.

“The success of the Nairobi Action Plan is anchored on the willingness of all stakeholders to mobilize needed resources and to stick to the commitments undertaken during the Nairobi Summit” She said. The Nairobi summit was about domestication of New York Declaration for refugees and migrants.

The meeting agreed on the importance of providing unhindered humanitarian access to people in need and for Governments to recognize any occurring crisis without delay, to ensure an effective and timely assistance that avoids further sufferings.

The High Representative commended IGAD for the Special Summit on finding Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees, held in March 2017 and for IGAD Member States’ commitment to collaborate across the region on the refugees’ plight. In a dedicated session on the Nairobi Plan of Action, all sides agreed to accelerate support to Somalia to create an environment conducive for returns and refugees who cannot yet go back to integrate into the economic life of their host communities.

Both sides reaffirmed their willingness to ensure a substantial outcome of the upcoming AU-EU summit to be held in Ivory Coast in November 2017.