26th March 2019
History was made at the footsteps of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Kenya, headquarters when Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Dr. Monica Juma and Uganda’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Sam Kutesa signed the agreed minutes of the ministerial segment of the first Joint Permanent Commission between the two countries.
Open borders, facilitate trade, share transnational resources, secure our territories and populations security, among others, are some of the commitments contained in the signed minutes.
This will undoubtedly strengthen the relations between Kenya and Uganda.
Elated officials joined the two Ministers at a press conference after the signing of the agreed minutes. The report came from long nights of negotiations that run through to the wee hours of the mornings for two running days.
At the press conference, CS Juma and her counterpart elaborated the elements of the deal agreed upon. This report will form the basis for the deliberations of the principals tomorrow at State House, Mombasa.
“The long days and nights have paid off and it is evident on the faces of our teams. We commend them for a job well done, and now we will turn to the implementation of the agreed outcomes.’ said CS Juma.
13th March 2019
A sunny Wednesday afternoon, 1405 hours, the jet bearing President Emmanuel Macron of France touches down at the JKIA. On hand to receive him
Is CS Dr. Monica Juma.
After an exchange pleasantries, signing of the visitors book and a short briefing – they proceed to meet his host HE President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
President Macron is on a State visit on the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He is received to a colourful ceremony and 21-gun salute at State House Nairobi before proceeding for a private engagement with President Kenyatta and a bilateral meeting thereafter.
On top of the agenda is strengthening bilateral and multilateral relations between Kenya and France, and deepening cooperation in sustainable environmental management.
“President Macron is an addition to the growing numbers of strategic partners arriving in Nairobi. Clearly Nairobi has become the undisputed convening point for not only expanding our bilateral relations but most importantly forging international consensus on global issues,” observed CS Juma.
President Macron will accompany his host President Kenyatta for the Fourth United Nation Environmental Assembly meeting and to the One planet summit, both scheduled at the UNON complex on Thursday 14th March 2019.
Also attending these meetings will be the H.E. President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar, H.E. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, H.E President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, H.E Édouard Ngirente,Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda.
10th March 2019
It was a sweaty Sunday morning for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs family when they joined the First Lady, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta for the fifth edition of Beyond Zero marathon at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi.
The over 200 participants led by the Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Monica Juma, CAS, Hon. Ababu Namwamba among others participated in the 2km, 5km, 10km and 21km categories respectively. The proceeds will go into supporting programmes to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
The First Lady, who ran and won the 10 kilometer race was flagged by among others, HE Hailemariam Desalegne, the Former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ana the former First Lady of Ethiopia Madam Romano Tefaye; giving this marathon a really champion and international flair.
CS Juma lauded the First Lady for her immense contribution through the word reknowned beyond zero campaign that has led to the realisation of the dream of Kenyan mothers and their children. She also expressed her pride in the MFA family for coming out in large numbers to support the noble cause.
“Running for a great cause and support to a great patriot, a great athlete and great transformer- the First Lady,” she tweeted.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was the official guest at the award ceremony held inside the stadium while the Deputy President, William Ruto participated in the 21km marathon.
Indeed, the MFA family lived true to the mission of the Beyond Zero campaign: To ensure that all Kenyan mothers deliver safely, their children are born healthy, remain healthy and are HIV free.
4th March 2019
Cooperation in the Big Four agenda will dominate this week’s JCC discussions in New Delhi, India.
CS Amb. Monica Juma landed in New Delhi, India this evening to a colorful reception by Dr. Neena Malhotra who met her on behalf of Hon. Sushma Swaraj, India Minister of External Affairs.
CS Juma makes her visit almost two years after His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official visit to India in January 2017.
“I am looking forward to tomorrow’s engagement with my counterpart, I can already visualize takeaways from this important visit. India is a key player on some of the Big Four areas such as health, manufacturing and food security. It is this competitive advantages that will underpin our discussions,” said CS Juma on arrival in New Delhi.
The two day visit to India by the Cabinet Secretary includes a meeting with key captains of business and industry, a lecture at the Indian Council of World Affairs and a session with the African group of Ambassadors.
The CS will later visit Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for further engagement with her counterparts.
People to people cooperation, trade and investment were part of the focus of today’s meeting between Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma and her host Egypt Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shoukry Sameh.
The productive bilateral meeting took place in Hon. Sameh’s office in Cairo, Egypt shortly after Amb. Juma met with Egypt President H.E. Abdul Fattah Alsisi where she delivered a special message from His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The two discussed ways of enhancing trade, investment, people to people cooperation between Kenya and Egypt, regional and international security, and Egypt’s role as chair of the African Union.
“We reaffirmed our strong commitment to take Kenya- Egypt relations to greater heights,” said CS Juma.
CS Juma leaves Cairo, Egypt after a successful tour for bilateral engagements with her counterpart in New Delhi, India
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of the Federal Government of Somalia following the tragic terror attack in Mogadishu that has resulted in loss of life and left scores injured in its wake.
- These acts of terror pose a common threat to our community of Nations and underscore the need to work closely together with our strategic partners in the international fight against terrorism and violent extremism to deal decisively and conclusively with this threat to international peace and security.
- As our brotherly neighbour, we express our solidarity and compassion and join the families of the people of Somalia, including our own, in condoling their loved ones who lost their innocent lives following this heinous attack.
- The Government of the Republic of Kenya has conveyed condolences to E. Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, and assured of Kenya’s commitment to deepen its cooperation in the fight against terror.
Ambassador Macharia Kamau, CBS
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY MINISTRY OF FORIGN AFFAIRS