MEA Jaishankar arrives on a bilateral visit to Kenya to strengthen ties

NAIROBI: Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar arrived in Kenya on Saturday for a three-day visit where he will hold several meetings to strengthen India’s relations with the large East African country.
Jaishankar was met on his arrival here by Ababu-Namwamba, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya.
“He will hold a series of meetings aimed at strengthening relations with Kenya, starting with a meeting with CS @ForeignOfficeKE Amb Raychelle Omamo today (Saturday),” the Indian High Commission tweeted here.
Together with his Kenyan counterpart, he will chair the 3rd meeting of the India-Kenya Joint Commission, during which all aspects of bilateral relations will be reviewed.
The last meeting of the Joint Commission took place in New Delhi in March 2019.
Jaishankar will also meet with other Kenyan government ministers to advance India-Kenya relations. “The development partnership is an important aspect of the relationship between the two countries, which the visit is intended to deepen,” said the Foreign Ministry in advance of the visit to New Delhi.
The minister will also interact with the thriving community of Indian descent that forms an important bridge between the two countries.
Kenya has a vibrant community of Indians who currently number around 80,000, including an estimated 20,000 Indian nationals.
India and Kenya currently serve on the United Nations Security Council. They are also members of the Commonwealth. Kenya is an active member of the African Union, with which India has long been associated.

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