By Jane Kariuki
New York, USA, September 22, 2016, (MFA Press) – Kenya and St. Kitts and Nevis have signed a joint communiqué to establish diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial.
The communiqué establishing the diplomatic relations was signed today by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed and her St. Kitts and Nevis counterpart, Mr. Mark Brantley.
During the signing ceremony on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Amb. Mohamed said Kenya looks forward to the negotiation and conclusion of a framework of cooperation with St. Kitts and Nevis.
“This is an important first step and we look forward to further engagements that will lay down a structured framework of cooperation between our two countries,” said Amb. Mohamed.
The signed communiqué seeks to deepen and strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Kenya and St. Kitts and Nevis in the political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April, 18, 1961.
Prior to the engagement with St. Kitts and Nevis, Amb. Mohamed held bilateral talks with Tunisian Foreign Minister, Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui at the UN headquarters, New York.
During the talks, the two ministers agreed to fast track necessary steps needed to revitalize bilateral relations between Kenya and Tunisia.
Jhinaoui stressed the commitment of the Government of Tunisia to solidify relations with Kenya, adding that Tunisia is keen on establishing diplomatic presence in Nairobi.
“The Government of Tunisia will be sending a fact finding mission to Kenya in a fortnight with a view to exploring modalities of opening an Embassy in Nairobi,” said Mr. Jhinaoui
Saying that Kenya was increasingly emerging as a diplomatic hub, Amb. Mohamed assured of Kenya’s readiness to support Tunisia in establishing an Embassy in Nairobi and in deepening relations between the two countries.
“We have a vibrant diplomatic and expatriate community in Nairobi. We look forward to receiving the Tunisian fact finding mission to Nairobi. We will provide the necessary facilitation and support required,” assured the CS.
The two Ministers also discussed the impact of travel advisories on sensitive sectors of the economies of the two countries, especially tourism, saying advisories have the un-intended effect of serving the agenda of terrorists.
“Travel advisories result in massive loss of jobs, rendering youth who lose jobs vulnerable to radicalization and recruitment into terrorist networks,” said Amb. Mohamed.
The two Ministers agreed to work towards forging a common front to counter the issuance of travel advisories.