, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has hailed the bilateral ties existing between Kenya and Cyprus and called for their strengthening for the benefit of the two countries\’ residents.
Speaking on Thursday during the 50th Anniversary of the Cyprus Independence Day Celebrations at Lord Errol hotel, in Runda, Nairobi, Mr Musyoka said the two countries had a strong cordial relationship dating back to the days of Kenya\’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and former Cyprus President Archbishop Makarios.
He said that Kenya had benefited a lot from the relationship particularly through scholarships extended to Kenyan students by various Cyprus universities.
"I understand that you do not just give these students scholarships, but also allow them to participate in gainful employment to support themselves while still studying. As a country we are appreciative of this gesture" Mr Musyoka said.
He said Kenya would continue to support Cyprus in her reunification efforts, noting that since her independence in 1960, the country had undergone several trying periods.
"Despite the many challenges that you face as a country, I urge you to strive towards a peaceful reunification for the benefit of your people" Mr Musyoka added.
In his remarks, the High Commissioner of Cyprus to Kenya, Agis Loizou said Cyprus was committed to strengthening the close ties existing between her and Kenya.
He pointed out that his country extended her biggest volunteer and academic assistance to Kenya particularly through scholarships.
The High Commissioner noted that his country was striving to reunite her people and build a secure and peaceful future for them.
The function was attended by several diplomats accredited to Kenya.