Highlights:

  • The two leaders hailed the cordial and historic relations between the two countries
  • They will continue to strengthen their relations through structured engagements
  • India-Kenya reviled the Covid-19 impact worldwide and called for joint efforts to combat the disease
  • The meeting noted India as one of Kenya’s leading source of Foreign Direct Investment and welcomed further investments from the Indian private sector

The Minister for External Affairs, S Jaishankar visited Kenya from June 12 till June 14 at the invitation of the Cabinet Secretary for Kenyan Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo. He co-chaired the Third Session of the Kenya-India Joint Commission Meeting.

The meeting aimed to deepen the ties with the African Union. During the visit, the two leaders held bilateral consultations. They lauded the friendly and historical relations between the two countries, supported by common values and strong people-to-people links dating back many centuries.

The two ministers have noted a mutual desire to expand bilateral cooperation under the Kenya-India Joint Commission Framework. They will continue to keep their relations strong through structured and systematic engagements.

Keeping in mind the travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, both sides have agreed to increase bilateral engagements either physically or virtually on issues of mutual interest to maintain momentum in relations.

Further discussing the pandemic situation, India and Kenya called for joint efforts to tackle the disease and consolidate economic collaboration during the pandemic and post-Covid-19 period. They stressed the need for equitable and affordable access to vaccines and ensuring treatment for all.

The meeting added that India is one of Kenya’s leading sources of Foreign Direct Investment. Kenya has welcomed further investments from the Indian private sector, particularly in manufacturing, agro-processing, pharmaceuticals, automobile, and affordable housing.

Kenya has appreciated the Minister for External Affairs’ friendly gesture by inaugurating the renovated Mahatma Gandhi memorial Library at the University of Nairobi. It is noteworthy that with the help of the Indian Government’s general financial support, Kenya completed the renovation of the University.

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