Kenyan President Opens Embassy in Havana

Havana, Mar 17 .-Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta inaugurated his country’s embassy in Havana, a ceremony attended by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez.

 

Upon arriving in the facility located in the capital’s municipality of Playa, Kenyatta greeted the officials of the diplomatic mission and toured the areas of the place.

Rodriguez and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Kenya, Monica K. Juma, signed an agreement on visa exemption for valid diplomatic or valid passports for public and government officials.

After the signing, Juma told the press his satisfaction for opening the Embassy in Cuba and advocated for the strengthening of relations between Havana and Nairobi.

According to the minister, the embassy is the first of her country in the Caribbean, one of the reasons that drove Kenyatta’s presence at the ceremony.

Juma also reported on the visit of a delegation of the African nation to health centers and pharmacists on the Caribbean island with a view to strengthening collaboration in that sector and expanding joint work.

The day before, the Cuban President Raul Castro, thanked Kenyatta for helping to contribute to the recovery of the Caribbean island after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September of last year.

During a meeting, the Heads of State agreed on highlighting the friendly relations between the two countries and the desire to boost political ties and cooperation.

The President of the African nation arrived last Wednesday in Cuba where he visited the Park of the African Martyrs and also paid tribute to the Cuban National Hero, José Martí, in the Memorial that bears the name of the Cuban independence leader in this capital.

Havana and Nairobi established relations in 1995 and since then promote political and cooperation ties.

Kenya has supported Cuba in forums of the African Union and the United Nations Organization in the fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than half a century. (Prensa Latina)