Kenyan President sends message to Sisi, received by FM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri received on Sunday 15/9/2019 a message from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi pertaining to issues of common interest and coordination to reach stability in East Africa, promote African peace and security and revitalize intra-African trade.

During a joint press conference with his Kenyan counterpart Monica Juma at the end of a session of talks held at the Foreign Ministry headquarters on Sunday 15/9/2019, Shoukri praised relations between the Egyptian and Kenyan heads of state and political coordination between them to reach stability in Africa.

The session of talks covered means of enhancing bilateral relations in all fields and a number of other regional and African issues of mutual concern, he said.

The top Egyptian diplomat said his talks with Juma tackled a bid by Kenya to gain a UN Security Council seat, in addition to preparations for holding a joint committee before the end of this year.

“We are looking forward to a visit by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to Egypt soon,” Shoukry said, adding that he would meet again with Juma on the sidelines of the meetings of the UN General Assembly later this month.

Juma, for her part, described Egypt as one of her favorite places, reiterating strong relations between the Egyptian and Kenyan presidents.

“Egypt and Kenya share a mutual desire to boost relations in order to attain the two countries’ development and bring about security and stability in Africa,” she noted.

Juma noted that her country will launch on Monday a campaign from Addis Ababa to mobilize African support for her country’s bid to win a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

Shoukry said that there is a strong desire by the presidents of the two countries to give a push to mutual relations in the coming period, adding that he agreed with the Kenyan foreign minister to step up the level of coordination to overcome challenges in East Africa.

Juma, meanwhile, said her country seeks to boost relations with Egypt through attracting investments in the fields of trade, infrastructure, roads, electricity, renewable energy and healthcare.

Source: State Information Service Egypt