, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13 – Kenya appreciates the generous support extended by the British government towards the implementation of various vital development programmes, President Mwai Kibaki has stated.
The Head of State made the remarks on Wednesday at State House, Nairobi when he received credentials from the incoming UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Christian Turner. The president also received credentials from the newly posted Indonesian ambassador to Kenya Sunu Mahadi.
Thanking the United Kingdom for the confidence they had in the country’s future, President Kibaki appreciated the substantial assistance they extend to Kenya estimated at about Sh20 billion annually.
During the occasion, President Kibaki also stressed that Kenya looked forward to not only participating in the forthcoming Olympic Games in London but also to doing very well in the medal tables.
The Head of State further hailed the warm and long-standing friendly ties that exist between Kenya and the United Kingdom which are cemented by close educational, trade and investment engagements entrenched on a rich historical background.
The UK High Commissioner on his part delivered condolences on behalf of the British Government to the families and friends of the late Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti, his assistant Orwa Ojode and four other Kenyans who died in a plane crash on Sunday.
With regard to political developments in the country, the new British envoy affirmed that his government would remain neutral in the forthcoming general elections and expressed commitment to work closely with President Kibaki for the realization of a stable and prosperous nation, as the President consolidates his legacy.
Turner noted that the UK and Kenya shared huge interests politically, economically, culturally and in terms of security adding that the British Government supported various development milestones in the country especially the implementation of the Vision 2030.
Welcoming the new Indonesian ambassador to Kenya, President Kibaki hailed the cordial relations existing between the two countries noting that they work closely in various international foras under the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.
The Indonesian ambassador, who also offered condolences to families of the two ministers and four officers who died in the Sunday plane crash, expressed his commitment to deepening and strengthening the bilateral ties existing between Kenya and Indonesia.
In attendance were Foreign Affairs Assistant Minister Richard Onyonka, acting Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia and other senior government officials.