Uhuru receives 11 new ambassadors
President Uhuru Kenyatta has affirmed Kenya’s commitment to her international partners, saying the country will continue cultivating strong diplomatic ties.
He spoke on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi, when he received credentials from 11 new ambassadors.
“We are grateful to our international partners and value the relationships that we have forged and that have played a big role in the development of our country,” the President told the new envoys.
He attributed some of Kenya’s recent successes especially in the roll-out of the Big Four agenda programmes for support the country continues to receive from its international partners.
He expressed optimism Kenya will overcome the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic has slowed down many things, but we are hopeful that in the coming year we will be able to get things running,” he said.
While presenting their credentials to President Kenyatta, the incoming ambassadors assured of their commitment to the deepening of ties between Kenya and their home nations.
The diplomats singled out agriculture, manufacturing, education and security as some of the priority sectors of collaboration.
The ambassadors also congratulated the President on Kenya’s election to the United Nations Security Council and assured him of their countries support as the country takes up the non-permanent seat.
“Welcome to Kenya and feel at home. We will continue to interact in various arenas,” the President told the envoys who included Virander Kumal Paul (India), Monica De Greiff Lindo (Colombia), Sasirit Tangulrat (Thailand) and Nguyen Nam Tien (Vietnam).
Others were Kampampa Joyce Kasosa (Zambia), Mohamad Hery Saripudin (Indonesia), Zsolt Meszaros (Hungary), Antonios Sgouropoulos (Greece), Sidik Spahic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Vellupillai Kananathan (Sri Lanka) and Luke Joseph Williams (Australia).
Present during the event were Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo, Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau and State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua.