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Opening Remarks

 H.E. Sameh Shoukry

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
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 H.E. Minister Amina Mohamed

Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya

 Distinguished Ambassadors, Delegates and guests,

            At the outset, I wish to extend my deep appreciation and my delegation's gratitude for the kind hospitality and outstanding reception extended to us by the Kenyan government since our arrival in Nairobi.

             It is my pleasure to visit Nairobi and have yet another chance to meet with my sister Amina whom I was privileged to work with during my previous position as the Permanent Representative of Egypt in Geneva.

 Distinguished Delegates and Guests,

             We gather here today having the opportunity of convening the Sixth Session of the Joint Commission between Egypt and Kenya in order to get check of our achievements since the last session in year 2010, and to set the goals for our future cooperation. It is also an opportunity to reaffirm Egypt's commitment to it's African roots in the awake of our 2011 and 2013 revolutions, and in the spirit of our founding fathers, focused on unity, cooperation, mutual respect, and win-win principles.

             The historic relations binding our two great nations are deeply rooted. The common goals and mutual interests on both bilateral and regional levels are crystal clear and the opportunities ahead of us are immense.

             Over the past two days, senior officials from both sides have met to discuss and agree on an active plan and specific steps to promote our bilateral relations. Cooperation in areas of Trade and Industry, Electricity and Energy, Agriculture, Security, ICT, Investment, Petroleum, Transport, Taxes, Water Resources and Irrigation was discussed. It is indeed very encouraging that several agreements and memoranda of understanding in different areas of cooperation are now ready for signature.

            Moreover, the discussions held between the Egyptian ministers and their counterparts were extremely positive and fruitful. Such meetings illustrated the genuine political will that existed on both sides to elevate the level of cooperation and capitalize on the present interests. They also provided an opportunity to share any concerns in a spirit of mutual understanding and respect.

 Distinguished Delegates, and Dear Guests,

             Allow me to seize the opportunity to thank delegations from both countries for the hard work and effort they exerted.

            It is also worth mentioning and applauding, the results achieved during the business forum that was held yesterday and witnessed by more that 80 executives from both sides. I am confident that this meeting will result in significant increases in investment and volume of trade between Egypt and Kenya in many sectors as industrial production, corporate investment, renewable energy, agriculture, construction, and contracting. This should ultimately benefit the development plans of both our countries and contribute to achieving progress and prosperity for our people.

Excellency and Dear Sister Amina,

             Let me, once again, reiterate the significance of our meeting today in building on the historic opportunity at hand in nurturing and promoting our bilateral relations, and I look forward to welcoming you in Cairo in the near future.

Thank you very much.           

 

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