MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS GIFTED TWO BUSES FROM CHINA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya has received two VIP buses from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to facilitate the work at the Ministry. The buses were delivered by China Ambassador to Kenya H.E Zhou Pingjian Thursday 13th May 2021 and were handed over to Principal Secretary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Macharia Kamau.

The Principal Secretary expressed gratitude to the Government and  the People’s Republic of China on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and on his own behalf for the donation which he said will be used in easing movement of special guests around Nairobi during international meetings.

“One of the biggest challenges we faced is how to move our special guests when we organize international meetings because sometimes we want to move them with special transport as opposed to a fleet of cars”. He said.

“I wish to assure your Excellency that these buses will go a long way not only in facilitating the Ministry’s programmes but also to further solidify our bilateral collaboration”. PS Macharia said as he expressed Kenya’s gratitude.

H.E Zhou Pingjian said that Kenya and China have had long standing mutual relations cemented in 1971 at Albania’s motion to recognize the People’s Republic of China passed in the UN General Assembly resolution 2758.

“This is a token of appreciation and friendship. We mark 50 anniversary of restoration of the legitimate rights of the People’s Republic of China in 1971, Kenya was firmly with us in that historical event”. H.E Zhou Pingjian said.

The PS noted that the cordial relations between Kenya and China has grown and deepened over the years; given impetus on the basis of the Strategic Comprehensive Cooperation Partnership Agreement signed in 2016 between the two countries. Kenya has benefitted under the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). 

Further, China has supported Kenya’s national development agenda through extensive infrastructure development that has raised the stature of Kenya as a regional transport and communications hub.

The government of China has also given Kenya a grant of over 4 billion Kenya Shillings towards the construction of a new Ministry headquarters.

 

H.E. HON. UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA RECEIVES H.E. ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

H.E. HON. UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA RECEIVES H.E. ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  1. On Tuesday April 27, 2021, H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, received a virtual courtesy call by H.E. Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America. The virtual courtesy call was a follow up to the telephone conversation between President Kenyatta and USA President Biden held on 25th February, 2021.
  2. The call by the US Secretary of State coincides with the celebration of 57 years of Kenya-USA bilateral relations.
  3. President Kenyatta and Secretary Blinken discussed the bilateral cooperation framework between the two countries and underscored strong mutual commitment to revamp the Kenya-USA Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD), which was elevated to the strategic partnership level in 2018.
  4. President Kenyatta welcomed the decision of the United States Government to rejoin the Paris Agreement and looked forward to engage with the United States on environment and climate change issues at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
  5. With regard to trade and investments, President Kenyatta underscored Kenya’s commitment to the resumption of the negotiations of the Kenya-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and its conclusion for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
  6. President Kenyatta recognised and appreciated the support the United States Government gives to Kenya in the area of health, including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and maternal and child health care. President Kenyatta noted the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world and emphasised on the need for stronger global partnerships to win the war against the pandemic. In this regard, the President reiterated the request to the United States to support Kenya’s vaccination campaign through provision of vaccines.
  7. President Kenyatta and Secretary Blinken also discussed bilateral cooperation in infrastructure development projects in road transport corridors and encouraged the United States private sector to take up investment opportunities in Kenya in these areas.

 

  1. President Kenyatta and Secretary Blinken noted that Kenya continues to play a critical role as a guarantor of regional peace and security. President Kenyatta appreciated the support that the USA has continued to extend to Kenya through various mechanisms, particularly the collaboration in countering terrorism, radicalisation and the fight against Al-Shabaab in Somalia. President Kenyatta called on the United States of America to continue in its support to peace and security initiatives in the Horn of Africa region.
  2. On regional matters, President Kenyatta and Secretary Blinken discussed developments in Ethiopia and Somalia. On Ethiopia, they agreed to work closely to help achieve an amicable and peaceful outcome to the crisis in the Tigray region. On Somalia, they emphasised the importance of dialogue and consensus as the only way to resolve the current electoral impasse and urged all parties to resume negotiations at the earliest and to agree on a shared way forward with emphasis on immediate elections. 
  3. On the way forward, President Kenyatta and Secretary Blinken underscored the commitment of the Kenya and USA governments to strengthen cooperation on bilateral, regional and global matters of common interest and agreed to ensure periodic discussions at the various levels.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

27th April, 2021

 

 

JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ RELATING TO THE STATE VISIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ RELATING TO THE STATE VISIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA TO THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

  1. At the invitation of His Excellency Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), His Excellency UHURU KENYATTA, President of the Republic of Kenya, made a State Visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo from 20th to 22nd April 2021.

 

  1. The two Heads of State re-affirmed their unwavering commitment to deepen the long-standing fraternal relations that exist between the DRC and Kenya.

 

  1. They noted with deep satisfaction that the bilateral bonds that join DRC and Kenya are anchored on long-standing people-to-people relations.

 

  1. In this regard, they committed to not only consolidate the strategic bilateral cooperation but also inject new impetus to its scope and scale.

 

  1. The two Heads of State recognized the central functions that the African Union, AU organs, Regional Economic Communities / mechanisms and continental institutions play in promoting peace, security, sustainable development and economic transformation in the continent.

 

  1. The two Presidents noted with concern that the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism continues to rear across the continent.

 

  1. In this regard, the two leaders affirmed the need for concerted efforts, at bilateral and regional levels including the EAC, ICGLR, SADC, IGAD and other regional mechanisms, to effectively combat terrorism in all its manifestations and implement strategies to combat radicalization and violent extremism.

 

  1. The two leaders pledged to continue to work together in safeguarding peace and stability in the East of the Democratic Republic, in the Great Lakes region and the continent.

 

  1. The Heads of State, during their discussions, have also focused attention on expansion of bilateral cooperation and trade.

 

  1. In this regard, they successfully concluded and oversaw the signing of the following four bilateral instruments of cooperation: –
    • General Cooperation Agreement;
    • Bilateral Security Cooperation Agreement;
    • Agreement on Defense Cooperation, and;
    • Cooperation Agreement on Maritime Freight Management.

 

  1. The signing of these bilateral agreements will undoubtedly strengthen the friendship and cooperation bonds for sustainable development between both parties.

 

  1. The Bilateral Meeting between the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Kenya was done in a cordial atmosphere and in a spirit of cooperation that characterized the existing relations between both countries.

Done in Kinshasa, 21st April 2021

 

KENYA MAKES A CASE FOR MULTILATERALISM IN WHITE HOUSE TELECONFERENCE CALL WITH PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Martin KIMANI was part of a virtual visit to the White House by the Permanent Representatives of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, 18th March 2021. He conveyed appreciation from His Excellency President Uhuru KENYATTA to President Joe BIDEN for the strong Kenya-US relationship reflected in their recent communication on pursuing mutual interests in peace and security, and trade and development. Also in attendance were Mr. John KERRY, the Presidential Special Envoy for Climate, and Mr. Jon FINER, the Principal Deputy National Security Advisor.

Amb. Martin Kimani

Reflecting Kenya’s leadership on environmental protection and sustainability, Ambassador Kimani called for tangible progress in preparing the world to respond adequately to climate change. He observed that Kenya, and Africa in general, need increased investment, job creation, trade and development to play its rightful role in the global response to climate change.

He gave a nod to the Free Trade Agreement that Kenya is currently negotiating with the US as the kind of paradigm-shifting initiative that will allow it to successfully cope with the threats of climate change while ensuring the improvement of living standards and economic opportunity.

Kenya’s Permanent Representative welcomed the Biden administration’s energised engagement in the Horn of Africa region. He decried the increasing volatility of politics regionally as reflecting winner-take-all exclusionary politics that are becoming a detriment to regional peace and security.

In the context of the destructive political conflicts that bring countries to the attention of the Security Council, Ambassador Kimani observed that Kenya is acutely aware of the tough compromises required to resolve political conflict and to build an inclusive and stable democratic society. He argued that Kenya’s experience, particularly as recently reflected in the Building Bridges Initiative, is an example of successful resolution of political division that President Kenyatta is championing in the continent.

Ambassador Kimani completed his remarks with an appeal for the United Nations, requesting President Biden to invest in reenergising the organisation to better serve its vital functions after its years of decline. This position furthered President Kenyatta’s continued championing of multilateralism and his recognition of the need for an effective and ambitious United Nations if it is to succeed. 

As has since been reported on the meeting by the US government, President Biden in his remarks to the visiting UN Security Council reaffirmed America’s commitment to multilateralism and international institutions.

Kenya is an elected member of the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 period. Kenya’s four broad key priorities are, improving regional peace and security through better global-regional linkage and innovation; sustaining and expanding global action against the threat of terrorism and violent extremism; deploying better mandated and enabled peace support operations; and, building and actioning a global consensus on the link between climate and security.

Kenya takes a Pan-Africanist approach in pursuing these objectives, and is a champion for Africa, the Small Island Developing States, and the Global South. It chairs the Security Council’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa, and is also the informal link between the Security Council and the UN’s Peacebuilding Commission.

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE MARITIME DELIMITATION CASE (SOMALIA V KENYA) AT THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE 15TH-24TH MARCH 2021

  1. Kenya has decided not to participate at the Maritime Delimitation Case (Somalia v Kenya) which is currently ongoing at the International Court of Justice. This decision is on account of procedural unfairness at the Court. It is a decision that was made after deep reflection and extensive consultation on how best to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya.

 

  1. In a letter to Mr. Philippe Gautier, the Registrar at the ICJ, Kenya re-affirmed that it was not properly before the court in accordance with its acceptance of the court’s jurisdiction. Kenya outlined that while it had no doubt about the merits of its case, procedural unfairness had left doubt on whether substantive justice would be done. Kenya re-stated that it should not have been dragged to the Court by Somalia merely because of the neighbor’s resurgent expansionist agenda. Kenya also noted that the composition of the membership of the bench conducting the case reinforced concerns of bias, citing the case of Somali Citizen, Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf, who sits on the ICJ and who has previously represented Somalia at the Third United Nations Conference on the law of the sea. At the conference the Judge stated that delimitation of the EEEZ and continental shelf should not be effected in accordance to the principle of equidistance but rather by application of equitable principles.

 

  1. Moreover, in affirming and imposing its jurisdiction on Kenya over this matter and failing to appreciate the full extent of Kenya’s reservations in its Optional Clause Declaration under Article 36(2) of the ICJ Statute, the Court, deprived the parties of the opportunity to have the dispute resolved in a suitable, non-adversarial manner, which, in fact Somalia had itself consented to under the 2009 Memorandum of Understanding, an instrument that the ICJ has affirmed as a valid treaty.

 

  1. Kenya has also informed the Court that influential third party commercial interests are fueling the case, that threatens to destabilize the peace and security of an already fragile region. The speed at which the matter was rushed before the Court and the players involved in this dispute, pointed to a well-orchestrated strategy of pitting the countries against each other in total disregard to the precarious security situation in the region. Influential third parties are intent on using instability in Somalia to advance predatory commercial interests with little regard to peace and security in the region.

 

  1. Kenya remains confident in its position that there is an existing maritime boundary that was established in 1979. The boundary as established has been respected by both Countries until 2014 when Somalia attempted to repudiate the agreement by dragging Kenya to the International Court of Justice seeking to appropriate Kenya’s maritime space.

 

  1. From the onset, Kenya has advocated for a diplomatic solution. Kenya’s preference for negotiation reflects the African Union Border Programme which encourages States to resolve disputes through bilateral negotiations or within the African Union Peace and Security architecture.

 

  1. Kenya has provided the Court with a comprehensive background to Kenya – Somalia relations underscoring Kenya’s longheld commitment to peaceful and friendly relations despite Somalia’s intransigence and territorial ambitions against Kenya. It undisputable that the Government and people of Kenya have made great sacrifices for their Somali neighbours. Kenya has provided humanitarian relief to hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees. Its military has protected the Somali Government from terrorists. The Somali Government was hosted in Nairobi for several years because of insecurity in Mogadishu. It enjoyed generous financial, diplomatic, and military support from Kenya. Its gradual return to Mogadishu was made possible thanks to the thousands of Kenyan and regional troops in the African Union Mission in Somalia (“AMISOM”).

 

  1. Hundreds of Kenyan civilians and security personnel, including a number of Kenyan soldiers, have lost their lives due to, or in the fight against, the Al Shabaab terrorist group. The Kenyan Navy has also played an active role against terrorist activity and piracy off the Somali coast. The UN and the African Union have recognized Kenya’s “huge” and “extraordinary sacrifice” in support of their Somalia.

 

  1. The Government and People of Kenya said feel betrayed that Somalia had brought the case before the ICJ after repudiating a maritime boundary that it had consented to for over 35 years. Somalia has incited hostility against Kenya, and actively contributed to the climate that encourages attacks against Kenyan civilians and against Kenyan forces in Somalia and even threatening their ability to continue to support AMISOM. Somalia has also undermined the fundamental need for stability and predictability of boundaries among States.

 

  1. Any consideration of this equidistant claim sets a dangerous precedent as it will not only reward Somalia’s belligerent conduct but also has the potential of disturbing already established boundaries.

 

  1. Kenya’s concerns have also been exacerbated by previous decisions taken by the Court which has created a perception of unfairness and injustice towards Kenya including amendment by the Court to its rules to allow for hearings to be conducted via video link without consultation of member states prior to the issuance of the hearing dates for this case. Kenya has consistently communicated to the Court its reasons for seeking a deferment of the case including the COVID-19 pandemic conditions that hampered Kenya’s ability to prepare adequately for the hearing.

 

  1. The COVID19 pandemic struck when Kenya had just recruited a new legal team. As such, Kenya and its legal team have not had an opportunity to have preparatory meetings and engagements. The court has failed to appreciate that Kenya is exactly where it was at the beginning of 2020 with regard to its compilation of its international legal team. Without such necessary preparations, Kenya is of the considered view that any participation in the hearing will be nothing more than a perfunctory, cosmetic and symbolic exercise. The seriousness of the case requires proper and adequate preparation. In Kenya’s view, it would be ill-advised for it to participate in a complex case with far-reaching consequences, without such proper and adequate preparation. These and other related matters have forced Kenya to stand back from the court and to continue to insist that the resolution of this border dispute belongs in its rightful place on the bilateral and or continental platform.

 

  1. It is in view of the foregoing well elucidated reasons that Kenya reached the decision not to participate in the hearings and remains steadfast that this dispute should be withdrawn from the Court and resolved through bilateral negotiations. Kenya also expects Somalia to normalize its relations with Kenya following their unprovoked and unjustified decision to sever diplomatic relations with its neighbour. Somalia has to normalize its relations with Kenya before it can engage on any platform anywhere in the world with any person and or agent of Kenya through any proxy.

 

  1. Kenya has informed the Court that any insistence on its participation in the proceedings, defeats Kenya’s right to a fair hearing. Kenya has collected, and continues to collect substantial additional evidence in this matter. Such evidence will be of value only if Kenya is given ample opportunity to prepare it for proper and effective presentation to the Court. The current timelines – and in the context of the pandemic – have not afforded Kenya such an opportunity.

18th March, 2021

Big four Agenda gets a boost from the International Organizations

Nairobi Thursday March 11, 2020

Big four Agenda gets a boost from the International Organizations

Six newly appointed heads of International Organizations based in Kenya today presented their letters of credence to the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amb Raychelle Omamo.

The six officials included: Dr Medhin Tsehaiu, Country Director United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); Ms. Anna Mutavati, Executive Director,UN Women; Amb Carla Mucavi, Food and Africultural Organziation for the United Nations (FAO); Amb Khalid Mohammed Al Kathiri, Head Of Mission of Mission, League of Arab States; Mohammed Omer Mukheir- Abuzen, Regional Director, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC); and Andrew Chimphondah, Head of Mission, Shelter Afrique.

The Cabinet Secretary welcomed the six officials to Kenya and assured them of support from the Government of Kenya and the Ministry of Foreign affairs as they advance their work in Kenya.   

The Cabinet Secretary said that the international organizations working in Kenya bring in a wealth of knowledge, resource and expertise which are key in driving and achieving President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big4 agenda. She urged them to continue working in partnership with the government to achieve their objectives.

Amb. Omamo said she is impressed that the organizations were involved with matters pertaining the big4 agenda which is very dear to the President of Kenya. On the issue of Health, she said she was grateful that the United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS) main focus will be on mother to child transmission which is a key component of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“Our first lady is a keen participant in engaging in women healthcare and we are glad you can chip into this initiatives,” said Amb. Omamo.

UNAIDS Country Director Dr. Medhin Tsehaiu said their focus and commitment will be on ending mother to child transmission as she commended the government for ensuring that out of the 1.5 million Kenyans living with HIV/Aids, about 77 percent are receiving the lifesaving Antiretroviral (ARV) medication.

Speaking while receiving the UN women representative to Kenya Amb Omamo informed her of our membership to the UNSC and our role during the two- year term.   “We now seat at the United Nations Security Council where the agenda of women, peace and security is critical and we are already working with the UN Women in advancing this agenda because they are supporting our national action plan.”

The CS highlighted that during the Covid-19 pandemic there has been an upsurge of challenges facing women including gender based violence and the UN women has been a key partner in addressing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early marriages among others.

UN Women Executive Director Ms. Anna Mutavati said her organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of Women is working towards positioning gender equality as a fundamental ingredient to national development and achievement of the sustainable development goals.

“I am pleased to have been posted to Kenya and I will endeavor to champion women empowerment by working to contribute to the government’s efforts to advance gender equality, implement the women peace and security agenda in the country and to contribute to Kenya’s achievement of a just and inclusive society,” said Mutavati.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative to Kenya Amb. Carla Mucavi said that they have laid plans and strategies to work with the Kenya government in the attainment of 100 percent food and nutrition security as proclaimed in the presidents’ big4 agenda.

“We are cognizant of the challenges including Covid-19, desert locusts, climate change, economic downturns among other adversities but we are convinced that working in partnership with relevant stakeholders we will be able to surmount those challenges,” she said.

She added that FAO will continue offering technical support and expertise to the Kenyan government in efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition and ensure the attainment of food security and healthy diet for the entire Kenyan population.

Amb. Omamo on her part said that FAO has been a critical partner in designing policies that are pushing the food security program which is a key component of the big4 agenda.

“Food and nutrition are critical for the advancement of women in our country because women are the main players in agriculture sector, fetching water for the family, in the market place and they are deeply entrenched in the food security paradigm,” said Amb. Omamo.

League of Arab States head of mission Ambassador Designate Dr. Khalid Mohammed Ali al Kathiri said that the Arab League is keen to establish a resident Mission presence in the Republic of Kenya, with the view of strengthening the existing relations between the Arab world and Kenya in various fields, as well as aspects of the Arab-African partnership based on the important position that Kenya occupies in the African continent, within the African Union and Internationally.

Cabinet Secretary noted our historical relationship with the Arab league as the first trading partners in the coast of East Africa.   

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Regional Director for Africa Mohammed Mukhier said that Kenya and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement have a long history of cooperation.

“We share a strong commitment to the ideals of development, including the vision of communities where there is universal health coverage, affordable housing and food security—among others. We work to enable healthy and safe communities, reduce vulnerabilities, strengthen resilience and foster a culture of peace.  Like your Government, we believe that peace and unity are among the key pillars of a progressive society,” said Mukhier.

He said that the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has played a central role in the governance of the IFRC and the former Secretary General of the KRCS, Dr. Abbas Gullet, served as the immediate former Vice President of the IFRC. He is currently a member of The Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the permanent statutory body of the Movement and its highest deliberative body. 

Amb. Omamo said one of Kenya’s key priorities as it sits as the UN Security council is the advancement of humanitarian actions and ensuring that Nairobi which has become the hub for humanitarian action plays its role in advancing the affairs of the organizations involved in humanitarian work.

Shelter Afrique Head of Mission Andrew Chimphondah said that the organization was set up in 1982 by 44 African governments, the Africa Development Bank (ADB) and the Africa Re-insurance cooperation to mobilize financial and technical resources for affordable housing and infrastructure development in Africa.

“Our operations are carried out from our headquarters based in Nairobi and I am grateful for the government of Kenya for their continued support and I will work to deepen the relationship with Kenya both as a member state and as a major shareholder,” said Chimphondah.

“I join in the commitment of the Kenyan government in providing affordable housing for their citizens and their belief in support for multi-lateral approaches to aid in resolving the common African challenges,” said Chimphondah.

Amb. Omamo said that Kenya is driving the agenda of affordable housing and the support from Shelter Afrique is very critical not only on the financing of affordable housing but also on building integrated cities.

“We need cities that are able to integrate the rich and the poor so that they can be able to provide services to everyone to produce the new African cities. One thing that the Covid-19 has taught us is that we need to pay attention to our cities because rural to urban migration is on the rise and urban settlements are challenged when we are confronted with crises such as Covid-19 and social distancing becomes a problem and sanitation facilities need to be up scaled,” said Amb. Omamo.

Ends…

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