Kenya, Cuba relations continue to deepen as the two countries cooperate in different areas following the inaugurate Kenya Mission in Havana by Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb Monica Juma in 2016.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony of Foreign Service officers’ Spanish language course facilitated by Cuban Government through Cuban Embassy and Cuban Diplomatic Academy, Principal Secretary Amb Monica Juma commended the Cuba for the support on capacity building.
“I appreciate the Cuban Embassy for making the course a reality,” the PS said adding that she looks forward to working closely with all partners to achieve common goals.”
The three months course held at Kenya School of Government and conducted by Foreign Service Academy involved 24 participants, all staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The PS reiterated the Ministry’s focus on foreign language based on the appreciation of the need to embrace new strategies.
“I reaffirm our ties in the quest to develop necessary skills among our officers for calling to international engagement.”
The PS said the Ministry staff is exposed to different languages, cultures and traditions of people from all over the world. Training in languages greatly helps diplomats to elevate themselves as we live in a multilingual and multicultural world.
While applauding the learners for taking the wise and courageous decision to offer themselves for the course, she assured them that the Ministry will ensure they sharpen the skills learnt.
The Cuban Ambassador to Kenya, Amb. Ernesto Gómez Díaz applauded the relations between the two countries and reiterated his country’s interest for further cooperation.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Professor Arsenio Lesmes Mouriz, of Cuba Diplomatic Academy, Dr Ludeki Chweya Director General Kenya School of Government, Amb. Simon Nabukwesi Director Foreign Service Academy and Ms Lucy Kiruthu, Director America’s.