Kenya VP in Egypt blitz talks

July 17, 2009 12:00 am

, SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, Jul 17 – Vice President Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka has held bilateral discussions with several leaders, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement’s Heads of State Summit in Egypt.

Among those he met was Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, who informed the VP that his country achieved the best harvest this year, a mark of success of his agriculture subsidy programme.

President Mutharika said the programme which advocates for home grown agricultural solutions has seen his country achieve food surplus for the last three years.

"Our main problem in Africa is how to attain food security.  Once we are able to feed our people, then we will be left with the problem of high energy costs" he said

The VP proposed that a delegation of Kenyan Parliamentarians and Agricultural experts visit Malawi and learn from their success story as far as food security is concerned.

In a meeting with Serbian President Boris Tadic, Mr Musyoka said Kenya was keen to enhance diplomatic relations. He also noted that Kenya would increase its exports of horticultural products to Serbia.

President Tadic said his country will upgrade its mission in Nairobi to ambassadorial level.

Mr Musyoka also discussed the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) with Sudanese President Hassan Omar El Bashir.

President Bashir briefed Mr Musyoka on the delay in holding of elections which have now been pushed to April next year. President Bashir also informed the VP of the sticking issues around the Boundaries Commission and the dispute over the Abyei Region.

The VP urged President Bashir to ensure that the economic and developmental gains made under the CPA are not rolled up, through new disputes.

Mr Musyoka also held talks over the war in Somalia with Secretary General of the Arab League Amyr Musa, where they called on the United Nations to take a leading role in the efforts to stabilise Somalia.

"In my opinion, the UN should pass a resolution to set up a Peace keeping Force for Somalia, with the Muslim world and Africa, taking an active role.

And in discussion with Swedish Foreign Minister Frank Belfrage, the VP urged Sweden to use its current presidency of European Union to mobilize resources to help Somalia work towards peace and development.

The VP also met Jean Ping, the chairperson of the African Union Commission.


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