Kenya, Kuwait Sign Agreements to Bolster Cooperation

pilule geneva; font-size: small;”>Following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Kuwait amidst a Ksh 7 billion Kuwait loan mystery, Kenya and Kuwait seem to have worked out the misunderstandings consequently signing two agreements on Monday to establish a joint commission for bilateral relations and bolster tourism between the two countries.

Last week, the Kenyan envoy to Kuwait, Mohamed Mahat revealed that the Kuwait Government had cut all aid to Kenya citing the mishandling of Ksh 7b fund given by Kuwait.

This prompted the Kenyan president to pay a visit to the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, ahead of the 3rd Africa-Arab Heads of State Summit to salvage the deteriorating relations between the two nations.

Meanwhile, on Monday, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on establishment of a joint commission for bilateral cooperation was signed by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Amina Mohamed, Deputy Prime Minister while minister for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Sabah of Kuwait signed on behalf of his country.


The bilateral agreement on tourism cooperation was signed, on behalf of the two countries, by Sheikh Sabah and Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Phyllis Kandie.

The signing ceremony took place at Sheraton hotel, Kuwait city and was witnessed by the Ambassador of Kuwait to Kenya Mr Yaqub Alsanad and his Kenyan envoy to Kuwait, Mr. Mohamed A. Mahat.

Similarly, the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, had last week signed two other bilateral agreements with the Kuwait government on avoidance of double taxation and protection of foreign investments.

Kenya and Kuwait have enjoyed a fraternal relationship backdated to the 17-18th century when Arab traders frequented the East African coast for trade and investment.

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