Press Bulletin of the Embassy of the Russian Federation/

 

12-05-2004


Russian-Kenyan Political Consultations

On May 11 Andrei Granovsky, director of the Department of International Organizations at the Russian Foreign Ministry, held political consultations in Nairobi with L. Amayo, head of the International Organizations and Conferences Section of the Kenyan Foreign Ministry. Granovsky also had a conversation with Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Topical questions of the two countries' cooperation in the international arena, and the state of, and prospects for bilateral political, economic and commercial ties were discussed.

The sides reaffirmed their common approaches and the readiness to further coordinate their actions in the UN with the objective of strengthening the central role of the Organization in international affairs, including responding to the new challenges and threats to peace and security, the fight against international terrorism, the resolving of conflict situations, including in Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and the Great Lakes area, and the processes of peace-building, post-conflict peacemaking and economic reconstruction.

The similarity of the interests and approaches of Russia and Kenya in questions of UN reform and with regard to the specification of the terms of reference of, and distribution of powers between leading UN bodies - the Security Council and the General Assembly - was stated and the importance of enhanced UN-African Union cooperation in the light of the momentum-gathering process of the institutional and political development of the AU was noted.

Emphasis also was laid on the intensification of Russian-Kenyan mutually beneficial cooperation in the economic, commercial and other fields.

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