Shoukry Holds Talks with Kenyan Counterpart
During his visit to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Same Shoukry met with the Kenyan Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Amina Mohamed, in a talks session attended by delegates of the two countries. The Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Badr Abd El Aaty, said that Minister Amina had given Minister Shoukry and his delegation a warm welcome noting the historic role of Egypt in Africa. She thanked Egypt’s support for Kenya within International Organisations and the medical and technical assistance that was provided to her country by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development.
The Kenyan Minister also addressed the political, trade and economic relations with Egypt and the importance of developing them further especially in investment and trading fields to further the interests of both countries. She noted that the trade balance is in favor of Egypt and stressed on the importance of implementing the agreements signed between them.
Aaty said Minister Amina affirmed her country's aspiration to further developw relations in the security cooperation, human capital and communications. In addition to benefiting from the Egyptian expertise and getting more Egyptian scholarships for trainees from Kenya. She noted the existing cooperation between the two countries in the framework of COMESA and expressed her country’s desire to hold joint bilateral meetings with Minister Shoukry, regularly and periodically, so as to widen the horizons between Egypt and Kenya. The Kenyan Minister expressed her gratitude for Egypt's return to Africa, indicating that the continent had been much awaiting such important comeback, with regards to its regional and international weight.
Aaty explained that Minister Amina addressed the water issue and affirmed her country’s understanding of Egypt’s water concerns, the River Nile being its only water source. She underlined the importance of taking this matter into account within the agreements between the Nile Basin countries.
He added that Shoukry stressed the importance that Egypt attaches to developing bilateral relations with Kenya in all fields in order to achieve the common interests of the two peoples. He indicaed that the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development will provide all possible assistance to our brothers in Kenya in the areas of capacity-building, counter terrorism, security, training and technical assistance and the development of trade and economic relations. He noted the participation of 50 Egyptian businessmen in the trade mission accompanying the Egyptian delegation and the business forum held in the presence of the two countries’ businessmen. He explained that Shoukry stressed the priority of the water issue for Egypt, which is indeed a matter of life and death since Egypt lacks any other water source.
Shoukry also reviewed Egypt’s stances vis-à-vis several important regional files, spearheaded by the situation in Somalia, as he expressed extreme concern over the volatile situation there and the need to enable assistance to the government there in facing terrorism. He also addressed the situation in South Sudan and the endeavors of trying to reach a agreement between the government and the opposition, and to overcome the humanitarian crisis as a result of the overflow of refugees. He also addressed the political and security situation in Libya and the means needed to support its legitimately elected government and institutions order to help restore stability and security.
Finally, the minister raised the issue of reforming and expanding the Security Council, and emphasized the importance of preserving African consensus there He also aspired for Kenya's support to Egypt's bid for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2016/2017, as the Kenyan Minister expressed her country’s full support for the Egyptian candidacy. Shoukry also reviewed progress on the roadmap and dates set for the parliamentary elections, which reflects the completion of the roadmap. The minister signed his name at the end of talks in the Guestbook of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.