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Agriculture, technology top agenda as President Kenyatta meets Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

Agriculture, technology top agenda as President Kenyatta meets Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

AFRICA, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Ireland, KENYA, WORLD
MOMBASA, 23rd July 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Mombasa, held talks with the visiting Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Ireland Simon Coveney. The President and his visitor discussed a wide array of bilateral and multilateral subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and Ireland top among them agriculture and technology transfer. President Kenyatta expressed Kenya's gratitude to the Government of Ireland for its financing of the one million pound Irish potato value-chain project being implemented by the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) in Nyandarua County. “We are very grateful for the collaboration we have in the agricultural sector. The results have been great. The collaboration in potato farming has made such a huge impact ...
HON. GEN. ABUBAKER JEJE ODONGO RECIEVES CREDENTIALS FOR H.E. ZHANG LIZHONG, AMBASSADOR DESIGNATE OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO UGANDA

HON. GEN. ABUBAKER JEJE ODONGO RECIEVES CREDENTIALS FOR H.E. ZHANG LIZHONG, AMBASSADOR DESIGNATE OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO UGANDA

AFRICA, China, Chinese Embassy in Uganda, Diplomats, Foreign Affairs, UGANDA
KAMPALA Hon. Gen. Abubaker Jeje ODONGO, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda this morning received credentials H.E Zhang LIZHONG, the Ambassador-Designate of the People’s Republic of China to Uganda at the Ministry Headquarters. The Minister, welcomed the Ambassador-Designate to Uganda and commended the excellent bilateral relations which are historic in nature and have progressed to the level of Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership (CCP). Hon. Odongo further noted that both countries have exchanged high-level visits and enhanced cooperation in different fields such as implementation of several infrastructural projects (roads, power dams), development of industrial parks. The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) remains a priority project for Government. In r...
President Kenyatta joins other leaders in paying tribute to Zambia’s founding President Kaunda

President Kenyatta joins other leaders in paying tribute to Zambia’s founding President Kaunda

Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, PRESIDENT, WORLD, Zambia
LUSAKA, Zambia, 2nd July 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday joined eight other African Heads of State and a host of other foreign dignitaries in paying glowing tribute to Zambia’s founding President Kenneth David Kaunda. President Uhuru Kenyatta gives his remarks at the Lusaka Show Grounds during the State Funeral of the First President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr Kenneth David Kaunda. In his tribute during the State Funeral at Lusaka’s main showground in Zambia, President Kenyatta described the late President Kaunda as one of the last great sons of Africa who committed his entire life to the service of the people of the whole African continent. President Uhuru Kenyatta pays his last respects at the Lusaka Show Grounds during the State Funeral of the First Preside...
President Kenyatta received by French counterpart Macron in Paris

President Kenyatta received by French counterpart Macron in Paris

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, France, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, KENYA, POLITICS, WORLD
PARIS, France 1st July 2021 (PSCU) -President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning met his French host Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris during which the leaders discussed several bilateral and multilateral subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and France. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning met his French host Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris during which the leaders discussed several bilateral and multilateral subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and France. President Kenyatta was accompanied to Elysee Palace by Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo, his Infrastructure counterpart James Macharia and Kenya's envoy to France Prof Judi Wakhungu. President Kenyatta and his French host discussed the progress of key France supported infrastructure projects in Kenya i...
Amb. Onyango Kakoba mourns former President of Zambia Dr. Kenneth Kaunda at the Zambian Embassy in Kinshasa.

Amb. Onyango Kakoba mourns former President of Zambia Dr. Kenneth Kaunda at the Zambian Embassy in Kinshasa.

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, UGANDA, Zambia
The Secretary General of the Forum of Parliaments of ICGLR Amb. Onyango Kakoba signing the condolence book in honour of former President of Zambia Dr. Kenneth Kaunda at the Zambian Embassy in Kinshasa. Kaunda will be remembered for his dedicated and selfless service to his country and Africa at large. May he rest in peace! 
President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi met visiting President of the 75th General Assembly Mr Volkan Bozkir who paid him a courtesy call.

President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi met visiting President of the 75th General Assembly Mr Volkan Bozkir who paid him a courtesy call.

AFRICA, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
Mr Bozkir, who was accompanied to the meeting by Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) Ms Zainab Hawa Bangura, thanked President Kenyatta for Kenya's strong advocacy for multilateralism and support for the United Nations system. The President and his guest discussed a number of bilateral and multilateral subjects among them preparations for the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UN76) set for September this year. The President and his guest discussed a number of bilateral and multilateral subjects among them preparations for the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UN76) set for September this year.
Dr Rugunda hands Over Office to Rt.Hon Nabbanja

Dr Rugunda hands Over Office to Rt.Hon Nabbanja

AFRICA, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, EALA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, KAMPALA, Ministry Of Finance,planning and Economic Development, Office Of the Prime Minister, Twitter, UGANDA
Kampala,Uganda: Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda,Uganda’s  Prime Minister Emeritus has officially handed over  Office to new  Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja. Rt. Hon.Dr Ruhakana Rugunda hands over instruments of Power to the new Prime Minister Rt Hon. Robinah Nabbanja.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The function took place in the morning of Tuesday athe Office Of the Prime Minister. Dr Rugunda who is now the Special Envoy for Special Duties in the Office of the President said, New Prime Minister Prime Minister Rt Hon. Robinah Nabbanja hands instruments of Power to the acting Permanent Secretary Mr Dombo after receiving them from Rt. Hon.Dr Ruhakana Rugunda .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. “I congratulate Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja the incoming Prime Minister of...
President Kenyatta received at the Royal Palace in Brussels by King Philippe of Belgium

President Kenyatta received at the Royal Palace in Brussels by King Philippe of Belgium

AFRICA, BELGIUM, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Media, Nairobi, Twitter, UGANDA, WORLD
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 21st June 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday afternoon received by King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels at the start of his two-day official visit to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union. President Uhuru Kenyatta is received by Kenya's Ambassador to Belgium, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi and Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) on arrival in Brussels, Belgium aboard a Kenya Airways aircraft.  The President, who is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Betty Maina (Trade) and Aden Mohammed (EAC), held private talks with King Philippe. During the two-day visit, the President is scheduled to meet the President of the European Council Charles Michel to discuss Kenya-EU relations and address a...
The latest  from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

The latest from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

AFRICA, COVID-19, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, South Africa, South African Parliament
Dear Fellow South African, We are now in the midst of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We may be tired of this persistent enemy, but it is not yet tired of us. The threat to health and lives is evident as people become ill and some die. So we must do what we can, as individuals, as families and communities, as unions and employers, and as government, to limit the toll. When the virus surges to this extent, the economy also faces challenges. Workers have to isolate or quarantine, people stop going out for recreation or shopping, tourism comes to a standstill, and workplaces have to spend more money to prevent infections. It is incorrect to speak about a trade-off between lives and livelihoods. Rather, we need to invest our time, effort and resources to control the pandemic t...
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for the official opening of the Heads of State and Government  Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) at the NEST – Antalya,  Turkey.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for the official opening of the Heads of State and Government Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) at the NEST – Antalya, Turkey.

AFRICA, Business, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, PRESIDENT, TURKEY
ANTALYA, Turkey, 18th June 2021 (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday joined other Heads of State and Government at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) in Turkey. The President, who is on two-day Official Visit of the Republic of Turkey at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, arrived in the Turkish resort city of Antalya on Thursday evening. ADF has brought together diplomatic actors from across the world among them political leaders, diplomats, opinion shapers and academics to discuss and fashion solutions to identified global challenges as well as identify opportunities for international collaboration. President Kenyatta is scheduled to address the meeting which has been convened by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and attended by over ten visiting Heads of State a...
Pyongyang must be ready for ‘both dialogue & confrontation’ with US, N. Korea’s Kim says

Pyongyang must be ready for ‘both dialogue & confrontation’ with US, N. Korea’s Kim says

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
North Korea needs to be ready for both dialogue and confrontation with Washington, the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said in his first direct statement on policy towards the “newly emerged” US administration. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un provided a “detailed analysis” of Joe Biden’s administration during a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee, state-run KCNA reported on Friday. Kim “clarified appropriate strategic and tactical counteraction and the direction of activities to be maintained in the relations with the US in the days ahead” to senior party officials, sharing his views on the “newly emerged” US administration. The General Secretary stressed the need to get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especia...
Côte d’Ivoire: Gbagbo “happy to be back” home in Africa after a decade

Côte d’Ivoire: Gbagbo “happy to be back” home in Africa after a decade

AFRICA, African Union, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, Ivory Coast, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, West Africa
After ten years in exile abroad, the former president of Côte d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo touched down on home soil Thursday upon receiving permission to return from the government of longtime rival President Alassane Ouattara. After making his way down the steps to the runway, Gbagbo made his way to a vehicle that was then surrounded by crowds as it headed toward the city. Tensions between the jubilant crowds and security forces were high, with tear gas being used to disperse people coming to greet Gbagbo near the airport. Gbagbo somehow managed to navigate his way around the frenzy of supporters via heavily security clad vehicles to his political party’s campaign headquarters in Cocody -- where he expressed elation to be back in Cote d'Ivoire on the motherland. "I'm happy ab...
Biden says he agreed with Putin to stop Iran from getting nuclear bomb

Biden says he agreed with Putin to stop Iran from getting nuclear bomb

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRESS CONFERENCE, RUSSIA, USA, WORLD
The US President did not secure a commitment from his Russian counterpart on Wednesday to renew a UN cross-border aid operation into Syria. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the ‘Villa la Grange’, June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP) GENEVA--US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Wednesday in Geneva to cooperate toward preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, said the US leader at the end of the US-Russia summit. Talking at a news conference in Geneva after his first meeting with the Russian leader, Biden said he told Putin “how it is in the interest of both Russia and the United States to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons.” “We agreed to work together there because it’s as much...
Kenya, Somalia agree to enhance bilateral ties

Kenya, Somalia agree to enhance bilateral ties

AFRICA, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, Somalia
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo (left) and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta during a press conference in Nairobi on November 14, 2019. PHOTO | PSCU Kenyan and Somali foreign ministers spoke on phone Wednesday where they resolved to improve bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries. Kenya’s foreign affairs cabinet secretary Raychelle Omano and Somali foreign minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud reaffirmed the need to expeditiously reopen their two respective missions. “The ministers expressed a strong wish to improve trade, security and cultural relations between Kenya and Somalia,” Kenya’s foreign ministry said in a statement issued in Nairobi. The two ministers also emphasized the importance of normalizing diplomatic relations between the two coun...
First Lady Mary Ayen Mayardit H.E.  briefs President Salva Kiir Mayardit  on a number of Diplomatic issues.

First Lady Mary Ayen Mayardit H.E. briefs President Salva Kiir Mayardit on a number of Diplomatic issues.

AFRICA, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, South Sudan
H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Her Excellency the First Lady Mary Ayen Mayardit joined thousands of mourners at Juba International Airport this afternoon 16th June 2021, to receive the body of the Late Lieutenant General Boutros Bol Bol Angok whose remains were flown back to Juba after he passed on in Nairobi Kenya on June 10th 2021. H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit and H.E. the First Lady conveyed their deepest sympathies to the family of the Late Lt. Gen. Boutros Bol, his colleagues in South Sudan People’s Defence Forces and members of Aweil Community. Late Lieutenant General Boutros Bol Bol Angok was a veteran freedom fighter with outstanding records of military successes. He served in many areas across South Sudan both during the war of Liberation and after independe...
First meeting of US and Russian presidents to be held on Wednesday

First meeting of US and Russian presidents to be held on Wednesday

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, RUSSIA, USA
The first meeting between US and Russian presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will be held in Geneva on Wednesday. It is expected to last about 4-5 hours, and commentators say its goal will be to restore "at least relatively stable relations between the countries". The meeting between the leaders of both countries will start at around 1pm. After two sessions of talks separate press conferences by the presidents are scheduled to take place.One of the most contentious issues between the two countries is the issue of cyber attacks on American companies, attributed to the Russian side. Moscow rejects these accusations, and President Putin considers them absurd.Joe Biden, however, intends to raise this issue and propose that the Russian authorities end cybercrime.The inevitable diffe...
Sudan says open to ‘interim’ dam deal with Ethiopia

Sudan says open to ‘interim’ dam deal with Ethiopia

AFRICA, Climate, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, Nature, PAN AFRICA, Sudan
Sudan will only be willing to strike an interim deal with Ethiopia over its Nile dam on conditions including assurance of further talks, the water minister said Monday. Downstream Egypt and Sudan have been pushing upstream Ethiopia to ink a binding deal over the filling and operation of its mega dam on the Blue Nile that broke ground in 2011. "Given the time constraints, Sudan will accept an interim agreement based on certain conditions which include signing on all the terms that have been already agreed," Water Minister Yasser Abbas told reporters in Khartoum. "There should also be guarantees that negotiations will continue ... and that those talks will be held within a defined timeframe." The minister said the three countries had already "reached consensus" over most tec...
Presidential welcome for ex-Ivorian leader upon his return from exile

Presidential welcome for ex-Ivorian leader upon his return from exile

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, Ivory Coast, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, TRAVEL, West Africa
A welcome fit for a king for the former president of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo. After ten years in exile, Gbagbo will finally return to his home country. Upon his flight's arrival, he will go through the airport's VIP facilities to then be received at the presidential pavilion -- as announced on Monday by the politician's party at a press conference. Assoua Adou, the general secretary of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front political party. "Today I solemnly confirm that President Laurent Gbagbo will arrive in Abidjan on Thursday, June 17 2021 by scheduled flight from Brussels at 3.45 pm at Félix Houphouët-Boigny airport. " Gbagbo has been acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court -- charges he faced after 3000 people lost their in electoral ...
China denounces G7 statement, says US has ‘sinister intentions’

China denounces G7 statement, says US has ‘sinister intentions’

China, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA, WORLD
Beijing’s fury comes after G7 leaders took China to task over human rights in the mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang. China has denounced G7 leaders’  joint statement that scolded Beijing over a range of issues as gross interference in the country’s internal affairs and urged the grouping to stop slandering China. China’s embassy in London said on Monday it was strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to mentions of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan that distorted the facts of the situations and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States”. The Group of Seven leaders had taken China to task on Sunday over human rights in the mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy, and underscored the impor...
What the G7 Agreed This Weekend – China, Climate and Vaccines

What the G7 Agreed This Weekend – China, Climate and Vaccines

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UK, WORLD
The Group of Seven rich nations met this weekend to tackle several issues. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in attend a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool Carbis Bay, England: The Group of Seven rich nations promised to tackle China‘s growing influence, fight climate change, get more COVID-19 jabs to poor countries and keep up th...
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