, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – President Mwai Kibaki at State House, Nairobi today received credentials from nine diplomats accredited to serve in the country from around the world.
President Kibaki received credentials from diplomats from the Republic of Mozambique, Turkey, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Malaysia, Cyprus, Ukraine, New Zealand, Namibia and Lesotho.
Receiving credentials from the Ambassador of Mozambique Mr Manuel Jose Goncalves, President Kibaki noted that Kenya and Mozambique airlines played a significant role in enhancing bilateral trade between the two countries.
President Kibaki said the cordial relations between Kenya and Mozambique needed be strengthened to increase the volume of trade for the benefit of the two countries and their respective citizens.
On his part, the Mozambique High Commissioner affirmed that he was keen and committed on exploring new areas of cooperation with reciprocal advantages.
Presenting his credentials to President Kibaki, the new Turkish Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Tuncer Kayalar said Turkey considered Kenya as the heartland of East Africa and expressed optimism that through concerted efforts, the country would be turned into an investment and export hub for the Turkish business community.
The High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Kenya Mr Masroor Junejo noted with gratitude that the bilateral relations between the two countries were based on shared desire to promote mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields.
Mr Junejo expressed the need to review the economic ties to conform to the cordial relations existing between the two countries.
The High Commissioner said through the bilateral assistance in economic, social and technical spheres under the South-South cooperation, Pakistan has trained hundreds of young professionals from Kenya and other African countries in different fields including public administration, banking, management, accounting and diplomacy.
The Malaysian High Commissioner to Kenya Zainol Rahim Zainuddin while presenting his credentials pledged to work closely with the Kenya government to further enhance the close bilateral relations between the two countries.
Mr Zainuddin said during these challenging economic times, countries of the world need to partner on programmes that promote economic prosperity, development and opportunity.
Presenting his credentials, HE Agis Loizou High Commissioner of Republic of Cyprus, extolled the sincere and warm relations existing between the two countries.
Mr Loizou noted that Cyprus as a full member of the European Union looked forward to contributing positively to the further development of Kenya’s relations with the Union.
“We are viewing Kenya as a very important partner in the African Continent and a positive catalyst in helping to secure peace and stability in the East African region” said the High Commissioner.
Others who presented their credentials during the occasion were HE Volodymyr Butyaga, Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Ukraine, HE Geoffrey Randal High-Commissioner-Designate of New Zealand, HE Jephet Isaak High Commissioner-Designate of the republic of Namibia and HE Lebohang Fine Maema KC, Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Lesotho.
President Kibaki urged the envoys to sample the friendliness and generosity of Kenyans as well as to visit various renowned tourist-attraction sites in the country.
He called on the diplomats to strive to broaden and deepen the existing bilateral ties between Kenya and their countries to the highest levels possible.
In attendance was Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula among other senior government officials.