Kenya has endeavored to assist Sudan in its political transition toward democratic governance and in the promotion of sustainable peace.
Specifically, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo, who was on a two-day visit to Khartoum, indicated that Nairobi is willing to provide technical assistance to aid peace negotiations and implementation of any peace agreements if asked.
“Kenya was ready to share its experience and provide the expertise whenever called upon by the Sudanese government.” A statement from Kenya’s Foreign Ministry stated
Omamo, who held talks with Sudanese Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, also voiced President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government support to Sudan’s Chairmanship of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in pursuit of regional peace, stability, and sustainable development.
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“The Ministers noted the progress made in implementing the transition in Sudan, with the Cabinet Secretary indicating that Kenya had experience and expertise in various sectors of reforms and governance.” The statement from MFA said in reference to consultations between Omamo and her Sudanese counterpart Dr. Mariam Al Mahdi.
At the same time, Omamo welcomed the decision by the United States government to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism. She said this had “opened the way for Sudan to actively engage, transact and receive the support of the rest of the world for its national development agenda.”
Omamo acknowledged the warm ‘fraternal’ relations that exist between Kenya and Sudan even as the two sides observed that there exist opportunities to expand and deepen these relations, especially in the spheres of trade, investment, education, people to people relations, natural resources management, agriculture, and capacity building.
“In this regard, the two ministers committed to convene the Kenya-Sudan Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC), in Kenya, by August 2021.” The Foreign Ministry said
According to MFA, the role of women in the global agenda on peace and security was also discussed. Omamo and Mahdi lauded the contribution of women in the liberation struggle, nation-building, economic development, and national reconciliation.
On Covid-19, the ministers called on vaccine manufacturers to exercise moral responsibility and ensure all nations have easy access to the vaccines, noting that no nation can be safe unless all nations were safe.