Kenya,Sudan to convene Joint Commission for Cooperation by August

Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo and her Sudan counterpart Mariam Al Mahdi hold bilateral talks in Khartoum on June 5, 2021/ MFA/ TWITTER

The Kenya-Sudan Joint Commission for Cooperation will be convened in Nairobi by August this year.

This is in a bid to expand and deepen bilateral relations, particularly in trade, investment, education, people-to-people relations, natural resources management, agriculture, and capacity building.

This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, following Cabinet Secretary Amb Raychelle Omamo’s two-day official visit to Khartoum, Sudan, from June 3-4.

During the visit, Omamo met Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the country’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Mariam Al Mahdi.

“The discussions mainly focused on the bilateral relations between Kenya and the Sudan, developments in the Horn of Africa region; and cooperation in the multilateral arena including at the African Union and the United Nations,” the statement released on June 6 said.

Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo her Sudan counterpart Mariam Al Mahdi and their delegations hold bilateral talks in Khartoum on June 5, 2021/ MFA/ TWITTER

The ministers acknowledged that while there exited cordial and warm bilateral ties, there still existed unexploited opportunities.

The Cabinet Secretary reaffirmed Kenya’s support to the transition in Sudan and to Sudan’s Chairmanship of IGAD in pursuit of regional peace, stability and sustainable development.

During the talks, the two foreign ministers noted the progress made in implementing the transition in Sudan, with Omamo indicating Kenya’s readiness to share its experience in reform and governance whenever called upon by the Sudanese government.

She also welcomed the delisting of the Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, which had opened the way for Khartoum to engage, transact and receive support of the rest of the world for its national development agenda.

On Covid-19, the ministers lauded the AU Response Strategy to combat the pandemic. They noted the devastating effects of the pandemic on African economies and called for concerted efforts and international support to build back better.

They also called on vaccine manufacturers to exercise moral responsibility and ensure all nations have easy access to the vaccines, noting that no nation can be safe unless all nations were safe.

The two ministers later held a luncheon with women leaders during which they exchanged views on the role of women the in the global agenda on peace and security.

In April this year, minister Mahdi  delivered a special message from Prime Minister Hamdok to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

During the meeting, she briefed President Kenyatta on Sudan’s position on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam  and the dangers of the second filling without binding legal agreement.

President Kenyatta expressed keenness to develop the bilateral relations in all spheres, lauding the signing and implementation of Peace Agreement in Juba which will contribute to stability in the African continent.

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