Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi met with the Russian Federation ambassador to Kenya, Dmitry Maksimychev on Thursday. 

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi with the Russian Federation Ambassador to Kenya, Dmitry Maksimychev on February 22, 2024.

During their meeting, an array of issues were discussed as well as the relations between the two nations.

Mudavadi said they discussed other critical global issues including the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. He insisted that Kenya will continue calling for diplomatic solution to the conflict that has been on for two years.

“Kenya continues to call for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict so as to prevent further humanitarian suffering on both sides,” Mudavadi said.

Mudavadi who is also the CS for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs added that they discussed avenues for expanding partnership between Kenya and Russia as well.

We underscored the huge potential for expanding cooperation between the two nations across various areas.”

In addition to that, Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale also held a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Okaniwa Ken. The two discussed about cooperation and future collaboration between Kenya and Japan among other issues. Duale said the issues would also deepen diplomatic ties and strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries. Chief of Strategic Plans and Policy at the Defense Headquarters, Brigadier Richard Mwanzia was also present in the meeting

This comes in as President William Ruto is determined to strengthen bilateral ties with foreign nations. He insists that the renewed bilateral relations have seen several projects that had initially stalled being revived and have become a source of livelihood for many Kenyans. The president is banking on bilateral agreements between Kenya and other nations to create jobs by exporting talents to work and earn a living in those countries.

In December 2023, while receiving credentials from 11 new ambassadors and high commissioners, Ruto said Kenya would foster strong bilateral relations with other nations to enhance its development agenda as the government will capitalize on such relations to explore untapped opportunities and broaden trade and investment prospects.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale also held a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Okaniwa Ken on February 22, 2024.

“Bilateral relations are crucial as they facilitate cooperation on areas of mutual interest unlocking opportunities for economic, political, and social development,” the President said.

While the relations are being built locally through ambassadors, Ruto has also been visiting different countries at the invitation of their leaders in efforts to fast-track the same.