Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Josep Borrell is in Africa for a visit to Kenya and Niger.
Borrell will analyse the state of relations between Spain and the respective countries, focussing on the country’s national interests.
Although Kenya has an embassy in Madrid, which Spain has reciprocated in Nairobi, relations between the two countries have not been intensive. Kenya currently doesn’t have a substantive envoy in Madrid, and Chargé d’ Áffaires Severine Luyali is incharge since Ambassador Bramwel Kisuya left.
On Monday, the Foreign Affairs minister will meet with Kenya’s Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala and his Treasury counterpart Henry Rotich. He will then proceed to the United Nations headquarters for a working lunch with the resident coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee and representatives of the UN office in Nairobi the United Nations Environment Programme and UN-Habitat.
Among the key areas of engagement between the two countries are tourism and trade.
Balala was in Madrid in January in an attempt to seek ways of marketing Magical Kenya. He was back in April to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Champion Award for Social Impact 2019, in Seville.
Minister Borrell will close his first day of official visit in Kenya by attending a reception that he will offer to the Spanish nationals resident in the country at the residence of the Spanish ambassador.
On Tuesday, the Minister will open his agenda with a breakfast with Spanish businessmen based in Kenya. He will also meet with his counterpart, Monica Juma, and conclude his visit with a meeting with President, Uhuru Kenyatta.