, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – Kenya has said it supports the quest by Palestine to become an independent State and has welcomed the authorities to reopen its embassy in Nairobi.
This emerged on Wednesday when President Uhuru Kenyatta assured his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas of the Kenya government’s support when they met at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait.
The Palestinian administration has already requested land to build a chancery in Nairobi and Kenyatta said that the call would be looked into.
“Kenya acknowledges the interest of Palestine to re-open its Embassy in Nairobi and what has been requested will be considered,” said Kenyatta.
Palestine has been fighting for recognition as an independent State but so far the United Nations (UN) has only granted it observer status, which means that it cannot fully participate in the activities of the UN.
Among the issues that Palestine grapples with is the conflict with Israel over its territory. Palestine has been accusing Israel of occupying part of its land. In fact these two countries claim the Jerusalem City as their Capital City.
“A lasting solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict will immensely contribute to international peace and security,” argued Kenyatta.
He further urged both Palestine and Israel to peacefully settle their dispute saying he supported the Quartet Peace Plan and the Annapolis Declarations, which affirm the commitment to the peaceful co-existence of the two states.
The Quartet Peace Plan is a road map to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while the Annapolis Declaration is the joint understanding by the two to end bloodshed, suffering and decades of conflict.
”Kenya alongside other like-minded countries, voted in favour of a resolution of the UN General Assembly to grant Palestine the status of a non-member State of the UN,” noted Kenyatta.
The Kenyan Head of State has so far met the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Presidents Macky Sall (Senegal), Denis Sassou Nguesso (Congo) and Paul Kagame (Rwanda).
During the separate meetings, President Kenyatta said Kenya would work with like-minded leaders for peace in the region, Africa and the world.