NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Tuesday held talks with envoys from Ghana, Kuwait, Algeria, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates and Malawi.
High Commissioner Kingsley Saka Abdul Karimu of Ghana, Ambassador Yaqoub Yousef Eid Al-Sanad of Kuwait, Ambassador Maandi Saad of Algeria, High Commissioner Solomon Oyateru of Nigeria, Ambassador Abdulrazak Mohd Hadi of United Arab Emirates and the Deputy High Commissioner of Malawi Brigadier Mercel Chirwa congratulated the President-elect on his election victory.
The envoys further reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing bilateral relations between Kenya and their countries.
United Arab Emirates Ambassador Abdulrazak Mohd Hadi emphasised the need to link up business communities of the two countries.
The UAE envoy further said that he looked forward to the finalisation and signing of pending agreements between Kenya and his country.
On his part, the president-elect said Emirates has a huge number of Kenyans working as expatriates.
Recalling that outgoing President Mwai Kibaki visited the Emirates seeking to further strengthen the relations, the president-elect expressed optimism that during his tenure he will take the relations to a higher level for the common good of the two countries.
The Nigerian High Commissioner Solomon Oyateru said the Nigerian Government is looking forward to pushing the strategic partnership between the two countries to a higher level, saying the Joint Permanent Commission Framework Agreement has been concluded and is ready for signing.
Oyateru added that his country views Kenya as a leader in the East African region while Nigeria is the economic hub in the West African region.
In response, Kenyatta said he looked forward to the signing of the Joint Permanent Commission Framework Agreement between Nigeria and Kenya.
Ghanaian High Commissioner Kingsley Karimu also delivered a congratulatory message from President John Dramani Mahama. In the message, President Mahama wished the president-elect and his deputy success in discharging their duties.
“It is my conviction that, through the conduct of this fair and transparent electoral process, the people of Kenya have chalked a significant victory and have served notice of their determination to enjoy the benefits of democracy, peace and development,” President Mahama’s congratulatory message said in part.
On their part, Kenyatta and Ruto assured the envoys of their readiness to work with them in bolstering bilateral relations between Kenya and their respective nations.
They noted that Kenya has enjoyed fruitful development and economic ties with the envoys’ countries which the Jubilee Government intends to enhance for the benefits of Kenyans and the people of their respective countries.
The president-elect and his deputy also emphasised that they regard Africa as their first priority in terms of trade and investment.