President Uhuru Kenyatta today welcomed 12 incoming envoys who presented their credentials to him at State House, Nairobi.
The new envoys to Kenya were Turkish Ambassador Deniz Eke, Australian High Commissioner John Matthew Feakes, South African High Commissioner Koleka Anita Mqulwana, Kuwaiti Ambassador Qusai Rashed Al-Farhan, Czech Ambassador Pavel Rezac and Senegalese Ambassador Abdoul Wahab Haidara.
Others were Ambassador Beatrice Kankindi (Burundi), High Commissioner Perks Ligoya (Malawi), Ambassador Dina Mufti Sid (Ethiopia), High Commissioner James Kimonyo (Rwanda), Ambassador Prasittiporn Wetprasit (Thailand) and Ambassador Laszlo Eduard Mathe (Hungary).
Receiving the envoys, President Kenyatta expressed his Government’s commitment to working closely with them to enhance cooperation between Kenya and their respective countries.
“I am looking forward to working closely with you in not only enhancing relations between our countries but also for the mutual benefit of the people of our countries,” President Kenyatta said.
Presenting their credentials, the new envoys commended Kenya for promoting peace not only at regional but also at continental levels. They condemned the Garissa University College terror attack and expressed their support to the war against terrorism.
The new Turkish ambassador Eke said her country considers Kenya as a strong and influential partner in Africa.
She said Turkey values Kenya’s efforts in peace, stability and prosperity in Africa, adding that her country is committed to working with Kenya towards achieving its desired development goals.
Australian High Commissioner Feakes commended Kenya for its lead role in addressing security challenges in the region, particularly its substantial contribution to the fight against Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
“We appreciate the heavy burden Kenya faces as a consequence of this difficult environment, acknowledging in particular your hosting of large numbers of refugees,” said the new Australian High Commissioner to Kenya.
On her part, South African High Commissioner Mqulwana assured the President that her country remains true to its founding ethos that any issues of concern by South African citizens must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue.
“South Africa stands firmly against any intolerance such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism, and we assure all our partners on the continent that the South African Government is committed and is working tirelessly towards finding a sustainable solution to challenges related to violence and criminality against our foreign brothers and sisters in South Africa,” she said.
Czech Ambassador Rezac said global war on terrorism is a common vital interest of all democratic countries and international cooperation must lead to its complete eradication.
“From our side, we are ready to further help Kenya to enhance its ability to detect, monitor and eliminate security threats,” Ambassador Rezac said.
Kuwaiti Ambassador Al-Farhan and his Senegalese counterpart Haidara affirmed their countries’ desire to strengthen relations with Kenya in various areas of development.
President Kenyatta also bade farewell to Ambassador Mohamed Ali Nur of Somalia whose eight year tour of duty has come to an end.
Ambassador Nur thanked Kenya for its role in promoting peace and stability not only in Somalia but in the whole region.
Present were Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed and Principal Secretary Eng. Karanja Kibicho.