Joint communiqué on the working visit of H.E Sabri Boukadoum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to the Republic of Kenya

Joint communiqué on the working visit of H.E Sabri Boukadoum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to the Republic of Kenya

15th January 2021

1- On 15th January 2021, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, Amb. Raychelle Omamo, received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E Sabri Boukadoum during his two-day working visit to Kenya.

2- H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H., the President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of Kenya Defense Forces granted audience to Hon. Sabri Boukadoum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, during which the Minister presented to President, a Special Message from
H.E. Abdelmadjid TEBBOUNE, President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

3- The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral, continental and international issues of mutual concern.

4- The two Ministers held rich and fruitful discussions, based on the strong historical bonds of friendship and solidarity that bind Algeria and Kenya, which are anchored on their struggle for independence; their shared values of Pan-Africanism, unity and brotherhood; as well as their common objectives for national and continental development and prosperity,

5- Minister Sabri Boukadoum congratulated the Republic of Kenya on taking up its seat at the United Nations Security Council as a Non-Permanent Member for the period 2021-2022 and assured of Algeria’s support to, and solidarity with Kenya for a successful tenure at the Security Council; and, expressed support for Kenya’s efforts to promote Africa’s voice and defend the continent’s just causes and principled positions for a safer and more prosperous world. Minister Boukadoum also paid tribute to Kenya’s role as a current Member of the African Union Peace and Security Council, and as a Bureau Member of the African Union, especially in coordinating efforts to provide adequate and timely AU responses to the challenges faced during the past year, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

6- The two Ministers reviewed the state of the bilateral relations and, on this occasion underlined with satisfaction the quality of the cooperation between the two countries, in several areas, including exploring new realms of collaboration. The Ministers noted that the said cooperation is yet to reach its fullest potential and results, and, therefore, agreed to join efforts to explore opportunities for expansion of the cooperation in the areas of economic, trade and investments.

7- Both Ministers also discussed and exchanged views on the political, peace and security situation in Africa, and expressed convergent views and concerns about the instability and conflict in some parts of the Continent, including in Libya, Mali, the Sahel region, the DRC, CAR and in parts of the Horn of Africa Region; as well as on the global threat of terrorism and extremism which they condemned in the strongest terms possible. They called for more efforts to stop the increasing and extremely worrying spread of terrorism in all regions of the continent, including through upholding international norms with regards to the prohibition of payment of ransom to terrorists.

8- Concerning the situation in Libya, the Ministers underscored the need to redouble efforts in order to preserve the cease-fire and secure an inclusive and Libyan-owned political solution to the conflict that will preserve the unity and territorial integrity of Libya and put an end to the external interference in the country. They underscored the role of neighbouring countries in coordination with the African Union and called for greater involvement of the latter in the ongoing political process to resolve the crisis in Libya.

9- With regards to the situation in Mali, the Ministers underscored the need for the international community to provide the required support in order to ensure success of the ongoing transition for the benefit of the Malian people. They acknowledged the role of Algeria in its capacity as Chair of the Follow-up Committee and underscored the importance of the full implementation of the Malian Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, emanating from the Algiers process, to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of the country, as well as the stability of Mali and that of the wider region.

10- The Ministers welcomed the progress made in South Sudan by the parties that are signatories to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and welcomed the ongoing peace talks to bring the non-signatories on board. The Ministers encouraged the signatories to conclude the remaining implementation elements of the R-ARCSS and also urged the International Community to extend support and good will to the people of South Sudan and parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

11- With regards to AMISOM, the Ministers exchanged views on the mission and recognized the important role played by AMISOM in pacifying Somalia and ridding the country of terror groups including the Al-Shabab. The Ministers noted that AMISOM continue to experience challenges especially in respect to predictable funding including lack of force multipliers and enablers, and in this regard urged the United Nations to consider financing AMISOM through UN assessed contributions. The Ministers also took note of the threat of Al-Shabab which remains potent and called on the AU and the UN to renew the mandate of AMISOM, taking into account that sufficient capacity has not been built within the Somalia National Security services to take over the functions currently undertaken by AMISOM troops.

12- In this context, they reiterated the importance of providing African solutions to African problems and agreed on the need to enhance AU efforts to Silence the Guns in Africa, in coordination with its partners, including the United Nations.

13- The two Ministers also exchanged views on the issue of Western Sahara and expressed their concern following the escalation of the military tensions in the occupied territories. In this context, they reaffirmed their position on the achievement of a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that would provide for the holding a free and fair referendum on self-determination for the people of Western Sahara. They underlined the crucial and urgent need for United Nations Secretary General to appoint his Special Envoy for Western Sahara to advance the consultations and preparations for the UN mandated Referendum.

14- Further, the Ministers exchanged their views regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic and lauded the efforts of the two countries at the national and continental levels to provide an adequate and efficient response to contain the pandemic and mitigate its effects. The Ministers urged the African Union to continue coordinating efforts to ensure that Africa has access to the COVID-19 Vaccines, and that as a global public good, they are equitably distributed and affordable.

15- Both Ministers welcomed the entry into force on the 1st of January 2021, of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, a flagship program of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union, that constitutes a milestone for continental integration through intra-African trade and investment.

16- They reiterated, in this regard, their commitment to join efforts for the implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 and its first ten years Action Plan, as well as the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

17- The two Ministers also reaffirmed their willingness to continue promoting international and South-South cooperation and multilateralism, and the global system of governance reform, including the reform of the UN Security Council, in order to enhance equity and representativeness within UN System.

18- They agreed to intensify their efforts to consolidate and deepen cooperation between Algeria and Kenya, including through regular political consultations, so as to raise bilateral relations to the desired strategic level. In this regard, they agreed to hold the inaugural session of the JCC before the end of the year 2021. Taking note of invitation extended by H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, to H.E. Abdelmadjid TEBBOUNE, President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, to pay a State Visit to Kenya, the Ministers agreed to fast-track consultations on the outstanding agreements in readiness for signing during the State Visit.

19- Finally, Minister Sabri Boukadoum, on behalf of his delegation, expressed appreciation and satisfaction about his successful working visit to the sisterly Republic of Kenya and thanked the Kenyan authorities for the warm welcome and the warm hospitality granted to him and his delegation.

Done in Nairobi on January, 15th 2021

 

OFFICIAL VISIT BY UK SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN, COMMONWEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT AFFAIRS AND FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE

JANUARY 20, 2021 (MFA)Official visit by UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State RT Hon. Dominic Raab, MP.

Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amb Raychelle Omamo, held bilateral talks with visiting UK Secretary of State Hon Dominic Raab who is on a one-day official visit to Kenya.

They discussed both bilateral and multilateral regional and global issues of concern and interest to both countries.

On bilateral ties between the two countries, they discussed the status of the Kenya-UK Strategic Partnership 2020-25, Investment and Business Environment Reforms, Counter- terrorism, Health, Climate Change, Commonwealth and the Co-hosting of the 2021 Partnership for Education Replenishment Summit.

CS Omamo and Hon Dominic signed the Supplemental Arrangement to the Framework on Kenya- UK Strategic Partnership, a monitoring mechanism for the Partnership which aims at elevating cooperation between the two countries under 5 pillars namely: Mutual Prosperity Pillar; Security and Stability Pillar; Sustainable Development pillar; Climate Change Pillar and People to people pillar.

On Multilateral cooperation, they discussed regional peace and security, the affairs of the Commonwealth and Kenya-UK Cooperation at the United Nations Security Council. Both acknowledged the need to drive initiatives that yield life- enhancing results for the people in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region.

They discussed the co-host of the Global Partnership for Education Replenishment Summit in mid-2021. The event aims to raise over £5 billion to significantly increase access to girls’ education.

Cabinet Secretary Omamo said: “We have a strong partnership with the UK on a number  of  fronts,  and  our  meeting  has  sort  to  reflect  on  these  areas  of cooperation,  ranging  from  economic  partnership  to  security  and  climate interventions.”

“We look to deepening this partnership, especially in health where partnership on issues around fighting Covid-19, including where the vaccine initiative, are in focus.”

Secretary Raab spoke to new funding streams to support clean growth and climate risk insurance in developing countries. Both Secretaries expect Kenya to benefit from it.

During Raab’s visit, he also met President Uhuru Kenyatta and senior government officials, including the Cabinet Secretaries for Health and the Environment. He is accompanied by UK Africa Minister James Doddridge.

BILATERAL MEETING BETWEEN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CABINET SECRETARY AND JAPAN FOREIGN MINISTER

The Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Raychelle Omamo January 13th 2020 held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart, the visiting Foreign Minister of Japan, H.E Motegi Toshimitsu.

The two ministers lauded the long-standing bilateral relations   and friendship based on common values, a belief in a rules-based multilateral system, democratic principles and good governance.

The Cabinet Secretary re-iterated Kenya’s appreciation of Japan’s steadfast support to the country’s national development agenda under Vision 2030 and more recently, the Big Four Agenda which has greatly contributed to significant gains in national development, particularly in the areas of infrastructure development, renewable energy, Agriculture, Public health, human capital development and many others.

They deliberated on the impact of Covid-19 globally and their joint efforts to combat the disease as well as consolidate economic collaboration during the pandemic and post-Covid-19 period. The Cabinet Secretary thanked the people and Government of Japan for her technical support in the fight against Covid-19, including a donation of 50,000 PCR test kits in addition to a grant of Kshs. 1.02 billion to support the purchase of medical equipment and supplies to the Counties in the fight against the disease.

The Ministers reviewed the two countries’ strategic partnership through development cooperation and agreed to work together to encourage more Japanese investments into Kenya. They also discussed further collaboration in the context of TICAD-8 including the co-hosting of the second Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Partnership Forum virtually on 4th May 2021 in Nairobi. 

Additionally, the Ministers exchanged views on a wide-range of cross-cutting issues of mutual interest including international cooperation in the context of the United Nations, Japan’s efforts to promote a Free and Open Indo-Pacific(FOIP) region for more international trade and economic cooperation as well as efforts to promote regional peace and security.

The Japan Foreign Minister’s visit to Kenya is part of his global tour that took him to South America and Senegal before visiting Nairobi. Kenya and Japan have had warm and cordial diplomatic relations since 1963.  

 

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

13th JANUARY 2021

 

 

CABINET SECRETARY AMB. RAYCHELLE OMAMO WELCOMES NEW AMB. OF PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo held bilateral talks with H.E. Mr. Zhou Pingjian, the new Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Kenya.  The Cabinet Secretary welcomed the Ambassador and wished him well during his tour of duty as the Head of Mission in Kenya.
They exchanged views on Covid-19 pandemic. CS commended the Government of China for the  robust efforts in management, containment of Covid 19 and support extended to Kenya in the fight against Corona. Kenya has received from China medical supplies and equipment.  The CS also noted that China is also in the forefront in the development of a vaccine.
She lauded China for the cordial bilateral relations between the two countries that have resulted in China supporting Kenya’s national development agenda through extensive infrastructure development.
 
Other areas of cooperation between Kenya and China are in Trade, Agriculture, Education, Capacity building.

OPENING OF COVID HOSPITAL

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta during the official opening of the United Nations-The Nairobi Hospital (UN-TNH) Treatment Facility in Nairobi County. The Sh846 million  facility, equipped with  150 beds including 15 bed intensive care units and 45 bed high dependency units, is a partnership project of the Kenya Government, United Nations and Nairobi Hospital. The facility will cater for Kenyans, the over 20,000 UN staff in Kenya, Africa and beyond. 
 
Speaking during the event the President said the fully- fledged hospital with modern facilities such as laboratories and operating theaters will serve UN staff and Kenyans way beyond the covid-19 pandemic. “It will cater for United Nations staff and their families, the entire diplomatic community and augment the health care capacity in Kenya.  It will also be accessible to all Kenyans even after the pandemic is eliminated; and will, in future, be used to treat other infectious diseases,” President Kenyatta said. 
 
The event was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe, UNON Director General Zainab Bangura, Joyce Msuya DED UNEP, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNON Amb Makena Muchiri among others. 
 
 

SOMALIA REOPENS ITS EMBASSY IN NAIROBI

Foreign Affairs CAS Hon Ababu Namwamba together with Amb. Ahmed Isse Awad, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia today presided over the reopening of the Somali Embassy in Nairobi.



Addressing the ceremony, Hon Namwamba said the re-establishment of the Embassy is symbolic of yet another key step forward in the reconstruction of Somalia. “Standing here, looking at this gleaming building, I don’t see just a fresh office block. I see a symbol of Somalia rising from ashes back to greatness, like the proverbial Phoenix” he said.

He said Kenya will continue to support the Somalia state re-building effort for a peaceful, secure, stable and prosperous Somalia and Horn of Africa region. “Our common endeavour for durable peace, viable stability and sustainable development for both our peoples and region continue to underpin the necessity for our mutual cooperation” CAS Ababu noted.



Hon Namwamba assured the Somali Government of Kenya’s commitment to further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries through trade and people to people interactions, and also to champion the issues of Somalia and those of the continent on the global arena during her tenure as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council 2021/22.



The current premises located along lower Kabete road were bought by the Somalia Government in 1972 and have never been used since 1994 when Somalia descended into turmoil.

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY’S FRUITFUL VISIT TO SOMALIA

Principal Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Macharia Kamau visited Somalia from 7th -9th November 2020 on a mission to explore investment opportunities and boost bilateral ties between the two countries. Amb Macharia Kamau was received by his Somalia counterpart, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Mohamed Nur Hagi and later held talks with him and H.E Amb. Ahmed Awad, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Somalia.

During the meeting Amb. Macharia informed the two senior officials of the Government of Somalia that he was in the country to see the newly built facilities of the Kenyan Embassy in Mogadishu, engage mission staff and familiarize himself with the condition that they live in.

However, he said, in keeping with the African culture, it was imperative to register his presence to the leadership of Somalia. He also wished to convey greetings from H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya to his Somalia brother H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Amb. Macharia Kamau, was accompanied by H.E Lucas Tumbo, Kenya’s Ambassador to Mogadishu and Mr. John Gitu, Director Human Resource Management. Ambassador Mohamed Nur, thanked the Principal Secretary for the courtesy call.

The talks focused on regional cooperation and business opportunities that exists between the two countries.

“Great opportunities for bilateral and regional cooperation and trade exist between Kenya and Somalia. As Somalia makes significant progress in business, economic and social development. Security and other historical challenges, though real should not be allowed to stand in our way” said PS Kamau.

The visit by the Kenyan officials is an indication that peace efforts by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed Farmajo are bearing fruits with PS Macharia noting that development in both countries would be achieved if both countries coexisted harmoniously.   

“Prosperity and development of both countries would be realized much faster with a peaceful and stable Somalia. He added that Kenya and Somalia are neighbours, a situation that cannot changed. Therefore, the two countries should find ways of living together in harmony for the benefit of their peoples” PS noted.

Amb Mohamed Nur thanked the PS for the visit and added that the two countries had good bilateral ties and should continue to seek solutions on any emerging problems through bilateral talks. He thanked Kenya for having signed a trade agreement with Somalia chamber of commerce which need to be improved further.

Kenya and Somalia have an existing comprehensive Joint Commission of Cooperation which they said needed implementation to enhance and deepen bilateral ties in all sectors. Somalia has great potential for trade but this has remains low as a result of insecurity which has undermined Somalia’s efforts to do business with its neighbouring countries.

 

Amb Nur reiterated that Kenya and Somalia’s relation had remained cordial for all the years, saying they are thankful for the hospitality accorded to them by Kenya during the years of civil strife in Somalia. This was after the collapse of the central government in 1991.

Ambassador Awad, the Minister for Foreign Affairs similarly echoed the warm and brotherly ties that exists between Kenya and Somalia.  He again reiterated the eternal gratitude to the Government and the people of Kenya for their generosity and sacrifices toward the restoration of peace and stability in Somalia. He noted that any isolated differences could be handled amicably. He added that Kenya remains the destination of choice for Somali business community as compared to other neighbouring countries.

He appealed to Kenya to consider issuance of visas on arrival to diplomatic passport holders to start with, and thereafter to the People of Somalia visiting Kenya. The Principal Secretary promised to follow up the matter and find out with those concerns since the issue had been dealt with before. He requested that the Foreign Ministry in Mogadishu to submit a list of diplomatic passport holders to ease identification and issuance of the visas on arrival.

The two sighted opportunities in trade and commerce noting the abundance of fish in Somalia, which Kenya needs while Somalia can import Khat (miraa) from Kenya as well as rice, avocado, beans, cement and steel from Kenya and other construction and agricultural products which would enhance the wealth creation and development.

On the sidelines of the visit the Principal Secretary met with British and European Union envoys at the Kenya’s Embassy.  They discussed the security situation in Somalia and the role the Africa Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

Amb Macharia Kamau also held talks with Ambassador Francisco Madeira, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of (AMISOM).

The Principal Secretary commended Ambassador Madeira for the excellent work that AMISOM has done to stabilize Somalia. The Principal Secretary informed that he was aware that AMISOM is hugely underfunded and over stretched in Somalia.

KENYA-US STRATEGIC CONSULTATIONS

 

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Press Release

 

KENYA-US STRATEGIC CONSULTATIONS

Amb. Raychelle Omamo, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Amb. Tibor Nagy, U.S Assistant Secretary for African Affairs held a virtual consultative meeting to review the progress made on the Kenya/US Bilateral Strategic Dialogue since its inauguration in May 2019 in Washington DC.


The meeting discussed a wide range of issues touching on bilateral, regional and multilateral levels including cooperation at the UN Security Council to contribute to regional and global peace and Security. The meeting further emphasized the need to continue the efforts to eliminate Al Shabaab and its threat in the Horn of Africa.

The Cabinet Secretary expressed Kenya’s appreciation to the U.S for the support in the health sector and particularly in the current effort to combat Covid-19 pandemic, military assistance, capacity building in border management and maritime security.

They both welcomed the resumption of the second round of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations and looked forward to fruitful discussions for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The meeting was also attended by Ms. Pamela Pryor, the U.S Acting Assistant Secretary for International Organizations Affairs; Ambassador Makila James U.S Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa and the Sudans; Ambassador Kyle M’Carter US Ambassador to Kenya; Ambassador Salim Salim, Director UN & Multilateral Affairs/Kenya; Ambassador Lazarus Amayo, Kenya’s Ambassador to U.S; and Mrs. Immaculate Wambua, Director Americas/Kenya among others.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

22nd October 2020

REPATRIATION OF KENYANS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

Press Release       

REPATRIATION OF KENYANS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

COVID-19 has disrupted international travel over the last 6 months affecting thousands of Kenyans in the diaspora. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has facilitated repatriation of thousands of Kenyans from all over the world. The worst hit Kenyans are undocumented without legal immigration status and were held in various deportation centres in the middle East. The Ministry has continuously engaged with the Governments of the foreign countries to have this category of Kenyans safely repatriated.

  1. Lebanon – The Ministry through the Kenya Embassy in Kuwait and our Honorary Consulate in Lebanon has facilitated the repatriation of 108 Kenya domestic workers who were stranded in Lebanon without jobs and proper accommodation.
  1. Saudi Arabia and Yemen: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was adversely impacted by COVID – 19 pandemic has put in place very stringent measures to contain the COVID-19 spread, including a total ban on international flights to date. However, the Kenya Embassy officials have done a commendable job and in cooperation with the Saudi authorities, facilitated the return of 569 Kenyans during the lockdown period. Out of the 569 Kenyans, 404 were documented passengers while 165 were undocumented Kenyans living in the Kingdom illegally. The last batch of 44 Kenyan deportees left Saudi Arabia on 17th September 2020 on Ethiopian Airlines.
  1. The Ministry urges Kenyans planning to travel abroad to register themselves with our Embassies for quick tracing and evacuation during emergencies and crises situations.
  1. The Ministry continues to encourage Kenyans living abroad to abide by host country laws and regulations to avoid unnecessary hardships and difficulties.
  1. The Ministry reiterates its commitment to serve Kenyan citizens by protecting their rights and welfare in addition to providing the necessary consular support.

 

17 SEPTEMBER 2020

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

C.S INSPECTS THE PROGRESS OF UN COVID HOSPITAL

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo today inspected the progress of the United Nations Covid hospital under construction at the Nairobi Hospital. The hospital is being constructed in collaboration with the UN, Government of Kenya and Nairobi Hospital to cater for the global organization’s workers and family members in Africa. Besides helping finance the facility, the UN will also provide  specialized equipment.

C.S Omamo said that the project will showcase the country health care competence and hence place Nairobi at the heart of medical care in the region. She said the hospital will remain even after the Covid crisis.

Amb Omamo hailed the progress of the work being done which she said was within the agreed timelines. 

The Construction of the facility started July 20 and its expected to be completed by mid  September.  The hospital with 150 bed capacity will include 25 intensive care and 50 high dependency  units and will also have an  operating theatre, laboratory, radiology, and  physiology services.

Present during the the inspection tour  were Nairobi Hospital CEO Dr Allan Pamba,  and UN Nairobi office Director-General Zainab Hawa Bangura. CS Raychelle Omamo later paid a visit to the United Nations Offices in Nairobi where she was taken through the operations of UNON by Director General Ms Zainab Hawa Bangura. The CS appreciated the work done by the UN office in Nairobi (UNON) and reaffirmed Kenya commitment to further lobby for more resources to help in upscaling of its operations in Nairobi.