President Isaias Afwerki on Official Visit to Kenya

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President Isaias Afwerki on invitation from President William Ruto of the Republic of Kenya arrived in Nairobi, in the morning hours of today, 08 February for a two-day official visit.

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, President Isaias was accorded a warm welcome by Dr. Alfred Nganga Mutua, Minister of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, and Mr. Aden Bare Duale, Minister of Defense of Kenya as well as Mr. Beyene Russom, Eritrea’s Ambassador to Kenya.

During his stay in Kenya, President Isaias will discuss with President William Ruto on development of bilateral relations as well as regional issues of interest to the two countries.

The Presidential delegation includes Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Gebreab.

Presidents Isaias and William Ruto Held Extensive Discussion

President Isaias visit to Kenya was a success
DONE. Kenya-Eritrea visa requirements abolished. Eritrea renewed its IGAD membership. Kenya will open a diplomatic mission in Asmara.

(MOI-ERITREA, 09 February 2023) – President Isaias Afwerki and President William Ruto today, 9 February held an extensive and fruitful discussion at the State House in Nairobi.

At the meeting, President Isaias underlined the significance of President William Ruto’s visit to Eritrea in December last year that ushered in a new chapter in the bilateral relations between Eritrea and Kenya as well as impactful regional cooperation.

President Isaias said that the visit has expanded the scope of cooperation in various developmental sectors.

President Isaias also announced Eritrea’s decision to renew its membership in Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and readiness to play its part in its revitalization.

President William Ruto on his part expressed Kenya’s appreciation for Eritrea’s role in the regional peace and stability as well as its contribution in building Somalia’s National Army.

President William Ruto announced that Kenya will open an Embassy in Asmara.

Eritrea and Kenya further agreed that the abolition of visa requirements for citizens travelling to the two countries will be effective from today, 9 February 2023.