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CS Omamo holds bilateral talks with Japan Foreign minister

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo holds bilateral talks with Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu in Nairobi on January 13, 2021/ MFA

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo on Wednesday morning held bilateral talks with Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu in Nairobi.

Foreign Affairs ministry said the two discussed efforts to strengthen the long-standing bilateral relations.

Among the issues discussed were Japan’s key foreign strategy — Free and Open Indo-Pacific, the Tokyo International Conference of African Development 8 — and mutual global interests. TICAD 8 will be held in Tunisia next year.

TICAD was launched in 1993 by Japan to promote Africa’s development, peace and security through the strengthening of multilateral cooperation and partnerships.

Minister Motegi is on an official visit to Kenya seeking to enhance diplomatic ties and cooperation of the two countries. The visit will mark the end of Motegi’s tour of Africa that began in December in which he has visited six African countries.

Motegi is expected to pay President Uhuru Kenyatta a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi and later meet Sports and Culture CS Amina Mohamed before departing.

Motegi’s visit to Africa coincides with that of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s. Wang wrapped up his five-nation diplomatic tour of Africa with a one-day visit to Seychelles on January 9.

Minister Wang started his visit in Africa on Monday, shuttling through the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Tanzania and Seychelles.

Since 1991, Chinese foreign ministers have chosen Africa for their first overseas visit.

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