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Kenya will continue promoting regional peace and security, Uhuru tells diplomats

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday at State House, Nairobi during this year’s annual Presidential briefing to the diplomatic corps/ PSCU

Kenya will continue playing its leading role as an anchor for regional peace and security President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Speaking to diplomats in Nairobi on Thursday, President Kenyatta said Kenya will continue working closely with UN Security Council member states to ensure the organ discharges its mandate in an inclusive, responsive and consultative manner.

He highlighted geopolitical conflicts, desert locust invasion, climate change, Covid-19 and terrorism are some of the recent challenges that have worsened the region’s dire humanitarian situation.

He observed that there were positive developments in countries such as South Sudan and Sudan where peace and transitional processes remain on course.

“We remain firmly committed to our obligations and responsibilities at the East African Community, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as well as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

“Kenya also believes in the promise of Africa; we are fully committed to building new frameworks and developing innovative solutions; that are African inspired, African led and that speak to Africa’s needs and priorities,” he said.

Kenya has however remained mum about the crisis in Tigray as well as teh elections deadlock in neighbouring Somalia.

This has seen the US seek Kenya’s intervention in Ethiopia.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Kenya to work with the United States on the UN Security Council and in other venues to address the crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

In a phone call with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo, Blinken acknowledged Kenya’s strong and durable multilateral engagement and welcomed the opportunity to cooperate closely with Kenya on the UN Security Council on matters of international concern.

“Secretary Blinken emphasised our commitment to working with Kenya to advance our shared interests in trade, democracy, human rights, global health, regional security, and climate change for the benefit of the American and Kenyan people,” the readout released on Tuesday, Match 2, said.

President Kenyatta asked the foreign diplomats serving in Kenya to continue partnering with the government in advancing shared global aspirations.

“As friends, partners and allies we are more successful when we understand each other’s vision and aspirations, and work together to fulfil it,” the President said.

He thanked the envoys for the support Kenya continues to receive from the international community in the fight against Covid-19.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank many of you for the support you extended to us in our effort to contain the Pandemic,” the President said.

Cabinet secretaries Dr Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Monica Juma (Defence), Ukur Yatani (National Treasury) and Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Chief of the Defense Forces General Robert Kibochi attended the meeting.

Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo said Kenya was committed to multilateralism adding that the country appreciates the support it gets from the international community.

 

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