The Nation (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kibaki Hails China Ties

Nairobi — President Kibaki has hailed the cooperation between Kenya and China.

Speaking at state House Nairobi when he received credentials from the incoming Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Deng Hongbo, President Kibaki said China has established a special relationship with Kenya.

He appreciated the development assistance Kenya gets from China and expressed optimism that the cordial relations between the two countries will be enhanced for the benefit of the two countries.

"We want to develop genuine mutual cooperation for the benefit of the people of our two countries," President Kibaki said.

On his part, the incoming ambassador said he looked forward to closer economic and technical cooperation in the various fields where memorandums of understanding between the two countries have been signed.

President Kibaki also received credentials from the incoming Ambassador of Slovakia to Kenya Mr Milan Zachar and the new Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Kenya Jayantha Dissanayake.

Addressing the new envoys to Kenya, President Kibaki encouraged them to travel to all parts of the country and interact freely with Kenyans during their tour of duty so as to succeed in their assignments.

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner appreciated the significant contribution Kenya had made to bring peace, stability and prosperity in the East African region and Africa in general.

The new Slovak High Commissioner noted with appreciation that Kenya was among the first countries to recognize the Slovak Republic when it became a sovereign state in 1993 following the peaceful and negotiated split from the federation of Czechoslovakia.

Mr Zachar said Slovak maintained diplomatic relations with Kenya and two other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and was earmarked for continued development cooperation.

Present were Foreign Affairs Assistant minister Richard Onyonka and Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi.

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