NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday received four new ambassadors who presented their credentials to him at State House, Nairobi.
The envoys were High Commissioner Marcel Chirwa of Malawi, Ambassadors Liu Xianfa of China, Saleh Suleiman Al-Harthy of Oman and Acisclo Valladares Molina of Guatemala.
President Kenyatta praised Malawi’s decision to re-open its mission in Nairobi, which was closed in October 2005. The President said the move was a clear testimony of Malawi’s commitment to strengthen its bilateral relations, a gesture Kenya was ready to reciprocate.
“I am looking forward to working with you to ensure the bilateral relations between Kenya and Malawi are taken to the next level,” President Kenyatta told the Malawian High Commissioner.
The Malawian High Commissioner commended President Kenyatta’s administration for its achievements in the short time the President has been in office.
Chirwa said he will focus on strengthening the bilateral cooperation between Kenya and Malawi in trade, economy, agriculture, defence and tourism during his tour of duty.
“Malawi and Kenya share a common history, originating from the close collaboration between our founding fathers, the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda and the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta,” the Malawian High Commissioner said.
The High Commissioner praised Kenya for its commitment to peace and security on the continent, citing the intervention in Somalia and South Sudan. He said Malawi supports the African Union position on all matters affecting Kenya.
While receiving credentials from the Chinese Ambassador, the President appreciated the beneficial cooperation between Kenya and China.
“We cherish the spirit of mutual respect between our two countries and the strong cultural, social and economic ties that we have shared for a long time,” the President said.
On his part, Ambassador Liu noted that President Kenyatta’s visit to China last August added impetus to a strong partnership.
“In the past 51 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, our two countries have had frequent high-level exchanges, deepening political trust, fruitful economic cooperation and closer people-to-people and cultural exchanges. China and Kenya have supported and coordinated with each other in international affairs,” the Chinese Ambassador said.
The President also received the Ambassadors of Oman and Guatemala and assured them of his readiness to work with them in boosting relations between Kenya and their countries.
On Kenya’s relations with Oman, the President said the age-old cultural ties should now be translated to economic benefits for the people of the two countries.
He appreciated the posting of the first ambassador to Kenya by Guatemala, saying it was a sign of the two countries’ readiness to strengthen their bilateral cooperation.
Later, the President bade farewell to the outgoing Ambassadors Kamal Ismail Saeed of the Sudan and Kim Chan-Woo of South Korea whose tour of duty in Kenya has ended.