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Boost for Kenya’s UN seat bid as envoys vow support

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 00:00 |
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President Uhuru Kenyatta with UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriot when new envoys presented their credentials at State House, Nairobi, yesterday. PSCU

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Kenya’s bid for one of the non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council got a boost yesterday after several new envoys assured President Uhuru Kenyatta of their countries’ support.

The pledges to support Kenya’s candidature for the UNSC seat during the election scheduled for June next year were made at State House, Nairobi, when Uhuru received credentials from 11 new envoys.

Among the new envoys is the United Kingdom High Commissioner Jane Marriot who replaces Nic Hailey whose tour of duty in Kenya has ended.

Also reporting for duty is the new European Union Delegation Ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue, who replaces Antonio Stefan Dejak. Others include Dimitrios Zavoritis (Greece),  Winpeg Moyo (Zimbabwe), Saqtain Syedah (Pakistan) and Martin Klepetko (Czech Republic).

The President also received credentials from Ambassador Oded Joseph (Israel) and Jean Bosco Barege (Burundi) as well as three non-permanent envoys including Toba Sebade (Togo), Sulayman Aliu (Gambia) and Hermann Immongault (Gabon).

The envoy from Greece said his country will support Kenya’s bid for the UNSC seat as he called for Kenya’s reciprocal support for Greece’s bid for one of the non-permanent UNSC seats in 2024.

Moyo from Zimbabwe said her nation supports Kenya’s bid for the seat and hopes Kenya will win.

The envoys from the EU, UK, Israel, Pakistan, Togo, Burundi, Czech Republic Gabon and Gambia said Kenya is a strategic partner for their countries and that they will continue to support Kenya’s security interests.

“I would also like to pay our respects to the continued commitment and sacrifice of your security and defence forces and society leaders who fight against extremism and terrorism,” said UK’s Marriot.

EU envoy said European countries regard Kenya as having the economic and political weight to make a decisive contribution to stability in the region.  He said Kenya’s commitment to regional stability is proven by its contribution to AMISOM and the hosting of more than 475,000 refugees.

Welcoming the envoys, Uhuru urged them to work closely with his administration for the mutual benefit of Kenya and the countries they represent.

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