Kenya bids farewell to Saudi envoy

May 26, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – Kenya has hailed Saudi Arabia’s investments on roads, healthcare and education, which Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said had grown over the years.

Mr Musyoka, while bidding farewell to the out-going Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Kenya Nabeel Khalif Ashour at his Jogoo House office on Tuesday, noted that Kenya had benefited in various fields from her bilateral relations from the Saudi Kingdom.

He particularly lauded the cordial relations existing between Kenya and Saudi Arabia, saying they had grown from strength to strength.

Mr Musyoka said a large number of Kenyan Muslim population go for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, while Saudi Arabian businessmen were investing in the country.

“We appreciate that each year you facilitate our country men and women to fulfill this important pillar of their faith," said the Vice President.

He commended the on going efforts by Saudi Arabia to help Somalia stabilise and urged her to continue until there is peace in the horn of

The outgoing Ambassador has been the longest serving foreign envoy in the country and also served as dean of the diplomatic corps.

Ambassador Ashour said up to 1000 Kenya medics have found work in his country.

He said the country shared a lot in common with Kenya citing heritage and culture which he said could not be ignored hence required strengthening.


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