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Kenya is Sri Lanka’s good friend, Kananathan tells Kenya’s foreign minister

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Kenya is Sri Lanka’s good friend, Kananathan tells Kenya’s foreign minister

Kenya and Sri Lanka enjoy more than five decades of friendly relations which have proven the natural synergy between the two countries for greater bilateral cooperation

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 21, 2021 / APO Group / –

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Kenya Velupillai Kananathan visited Kenyan Foreign Minister Ambassador Raychelle Omamo in Nairobi on September 15, 2021.

From the outset, the Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined the growing relations between the two countries and thanked the High Commissioner for injecting new dynamism and creating momentum in relations between Kenya and Sri Lanka through various activities and commitments. Foreign Minister Omamo said Kenya and Sri Lanka enjoy more than five decades of friendly relations, which proves the natural synergy between the two countries for greater bilateral cooperation.

High Commissioner Kananathan stressed that the recent air connectivity between Colombo and Nairobi by Sri Lankan Airlines was the turning point to physically bring the two countries closer to deepen bilateral cooperation. The High Commissioner informed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the dynamic vaccination campaign underway in Sri Lanka under the direct leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to vaccinate the entire population as soon as possible. He further believed that with the successful eradication of COVID-19, air connectivity will allow trade, investment, tourism, people and people-to-people contact to gradually increase between the two countries. Regarding cooperation in multilateral forums, High Commissioner Kananathan added that the two countries should continue to work together in multilateral forums for the mutual benefit of countries. Foreign Minister Omamo responded by reassuring Kenya’s support for continuing the existing effective cooperation between Kenya and Sri Lanka in international and regional forums, including within the United Nations and its agencies, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the United Nations. NAM, Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), etc.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the High Commissioner agreed to activate bilateral mechanisms to expand relations in various areas of cooperation. High Commissioner Kananathan said we are blessed to have Kenya as a good friend and Sri Lanka will always be your true friend. Sri Lanka appreciates the close ties between Sri Lanka and Kenya.

Minister Omamo thanked High Commissioner Kananathan for supporting this partnership and for continuing on solid foundations between the two nations. To this end, Foreign Minister Omamo reassured the High Commissioner of the unwavering support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all other Kenyan government and private institutions.

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