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Kenya and UK Joint Emergency Response Committee on Covid travel restriction meets

UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab and Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo in Nairobi on January 20,2021/ OMAMO

Kenya and the UK Joint Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19 held it first meeting on Thursday.

The committee agreed to form technical groups to address the issues and report back to the main committee “in the next few days”.

The committee was set up by Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to explore ways to resolve the ongoing travel restrictions between the two states.

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said the committee was co-chaired by Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau and Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office Africa Director Irfan Siddiq.

“In the presence of scientific experts from both sides the committee discussed the science and health-related issues that led to the current restrictions. The committee agreed on the importance of the bilateral relationship and of resolving the negative effects of the restrictions, particularly movement of people and goods,” the statement said.

The meeting was attended by Health PS Susan Mochache, her Transport counterpart counterparts Solomon Kitungu of transport and Trade Secretary D Linyiru Bruno.

Kenya and the UK agreed to the emergency committee following talks by Omamo and Raab on April 7.

Kenya-UK to establish joint committee on Covid-19 travel restrictions

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