Kenyan Foreign Minister Mr. Raphael Tuju on an official visit to Israel

 Kenyan Foreign Minister Tuju visits Israel


FM Livni and FM Tuju at Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem (Reuters, Feb 5, 2007)

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Mr. Raphael Tuju, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, will arrive today as an official guest of Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni.

At the end of a working session on Monday, 5 February, the two ministers will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation between the foreign ministries of both countries, with the aim of establishing a framework for regular consultations at the diplomatic level.

Mr. Tuju will also meet with Speaker of the Knesset and Acting President Dalia Itzik, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Vice Premier and Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee Shimon Peres and with the leader of the opposition, MK Benjamin Netanyahu. He is further scheduled to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, to tour agricultural farms and, together with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Mr. Eli Yishai, to address an economic seminar aimed at increasing trade and commerce between the two countries.

The parties will discuss matters of interest to both nations and will strive to find ways of strengthening political and commercial ties and to increase cooperation with MASHAV, the Center for International Development Cooperation of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Israeli-Kenyan relationship is founded on long-lasting friendship, cooperation and aid, reaffirmed in the Entebbe rescue operation in July, 1976. Current relations are excellent, and this visit will prove a means of developing them further.