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Kenya, Turkey abolish visa for diplomats

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 21 – Kenya and Turkey have signed a visa abolition agreement for holders of diplomatic passports.

The agreement, together with another on health will initially serve holders of diplomatic passports. They were signed by Foreign Affairs and Transport Ministers of the two countries following fruitful bilateral talks led by President Mwai Kibaki and the visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula said details of the agreements would be worked out by the relevant Ministries in the two countries.
During the talks, the framework for cooperation identified eight areas which include inter-government cooperation, trade and investment, health, peace and security and infrastructure development.

Others are energy, transport and communication, culture and education and media and communication.

During the fruitful deliberations, a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest and concern were discussed.

President Kibaki and the visiting President Gul expressed satisfaction with the existing warm and fraternal relations between the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment and determination to further the relations.

The Heads of State, in particular reiterated their Governments’ shared interest in resolving global problems through dialogue.

President Kibaki expressed his desire to enhance Kenya’s cooperation with Turkey especially in infrastructural development, energy and refurbishment of hospitals and health centres.

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The three day official visit by the Turkish President to Kenya is the first since the Turkey-Africa Summit of August 2008 during which a framework for development cooperation between turkey and Africa was adopted.

Turkey is already involved in various development projects in Kenya including slum upgrading in Mombasa under the UN Habitat-TIKA programme and provision of higher education scholarships for Kenyan students.

The talks were attended by Ministers and Senior Government officials from the two Countries.


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