Kenya and The Gambia propose Joint Commission of Cooperation

Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau and The Gambia High Commissioner to Kenya resident in Addis Ababa Jainaba Jagne in Nairobi on June 10, 2021/ MFA

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau on Thursday held a meeting with The Gambia High Commissioner to Kenya resident in Addis Ababa Jainaba Jagne.

They discussed bilateral relations and proposed JCC between Kenya and Gambia aimed at enhancing further the relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Jagne presented her credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday at State House alongside other five diplomats.

She also held talks with KenGen MD Rebecca Miano on strategic partnerships, including technical training and capacity building, harnessing of solar and hydro resources for power generation.

Kenya and The Gambia don’t have weighty bilateral engagements. None has established an embassy.

However, during the January 2017 political crisis in The Gambia, Kenya expressed solidarity with ECOWAS and called for a speedy and bloodless end to the standoff.

The crisis was occasioned by the refusal by longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh to leave power after losing the election.

“We congratulate the new President H.E. Adama Barrow and wish him well as he takes over the reigns of power in a sisterly country. It is a historic milestone in our collective history and reaffirms the commitment of Africa to take responsibility destiny and deepen democracy in the continent,” Kenya’s ministry of Foreign Affairs said at the time.

Kenya also expressed its readiness “to offer any assistance required”.

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