President Kenyatta Receives Six New Envoys

On November 16, 2018 In Latest News

President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi received credentials from six incoming envoys. The envoys were the new European Union Delegation Ambassador to Kenya Stefano-Antonio Dejak, Ambassador Mette Knudsen of Denmark, Ralf Heckner of Switzerland and High Commissioner Raza Bashir Tarar of Pakistan. Others were Ambassador Franciscur Albrecht Makken of Netherlands and the incoming Finland Ambassador to Kenya Ms. Tarja Fernandez. Addressing the envoys, President Kenyatta assured of his Government’s commitment to working closely with them to enhance cooperation between Kenya and their respective countries. The Head of State said Kenya welcomed the exchange of ideas and experiences with friendly countries that impact positively on the lives of Kenyans. “I am looking forward to working closely with you in not only improving bilateral relations of our countries, but also for the mutual benefit of the peoples of our countries,” President Kenyatta said. Presenting his credentials, the EU Ambassador promised to be the bridge between Kenya and the EU 28 member states in the development of the country’s potential within the framework of the East African integration. Mr. Dejak said the EU, which is the biggest market for Kenyan exports, will continue to work with the country’s leadership in addressing security challenges posed by terrorism threats. “Kenya today is facing many challenges and opportunities that we can address together,” the EU Ambassador said. On her part, the Finish Ambassador Ms Fernadez commended Kenya’s leadership for its frontline role in mediation and peace keeping missions both regionally and internationally. Ms. Fernandez said Kenya and Finland shared steady commitment to peace and security among and within nations. She highlighted three shared themes -- peace and security; democracy, good governance and human rights; and the potential of trade and investment for prosperity. The Ambassador pledged to promote direct contacts and dialogue between high ranking government officials and civil society in the two countries. Netherland Ambassador said he will strive to support Kenya’s quest for improved climate for investment while bolstering the economic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Heckner of Switzerland said his country will continue supporting the devolution in Kenya as a process that contributes to a balanced socio- economic development. Denmark’s Ambassador said her country was keen on working with Kenya in implementation of Vision 2030 targets, especially in inclusive growth, employment creation, health and good governance. Earlier, President Kenyatta held talks with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Carlos Lopes who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi. President Kenyatta and the UN official discussed a wide range of development issues in Kenya and the East African region.

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