Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Macharia Kamau says matters of security remain a concern in the two countries.

The Government of Kenya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance security in both countries.

According to Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Macharia Kamau matters of security remain a concern in the two countries and there is need to hold consultations on international issues of mutual interest in a partnership meant to exchange views on how to enhance peace and security.

“We have agreed to enhance our cooperation on security matters and Kenya will officially submit its request to UAE to support the fight against terrorism. We hope it passes soon,” said Kamau.

Speaking at the closing of the third session of Kenya-UAE Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) in Nairobi, Kamau said that the two countries have agreed to finalize the six pending agreements among them being security issues. “The six pending agreements which are also set to be finalized soon will strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation on economic, financial, labour and airline matters,” he added.

On economic and investment segment, the PS said that the agreement is set to enhance trade investment relations through the chamber of commerce to form a joint business council between the two countries. “There is need for legal cooperation in tourism. The two countries can work closely in boosting tourism through partnership,” said Kamau.

Kamau revealed that the Ministry of Transport is working to resolve the issues between Emirates Airline and Kenya by the end of the year. “The Kenyan Airline (KQ) is undergoing restructuring and the ministry is yet to make a firm decision in the airline industry considering that the parliament is yet to pass the legislation,” he explained.

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UAE Ambassador to Kenya Khalid Khalifa Al Muala lauded the successful completion of the 3rd session of JCC adding that it will spur development and enhance cooperation in political, economic and cultural levels between the two countries.

Kamau and Al Muala put paper to ink on what they reckoned was an affirmation of the importance of enhancing cooperation on security matters coordinating bilateral relations and regional and international issues of common interests.

Kenya and the UAE enjoy warm and cordial relations. The exchange of high-level and significant visits have further cemented relations between the two countries.

There are approximately 20,000 Kenyans living and working in the UAE. A majority of this number, work in hospitality, aviation and security sectors. Other sectors include medical, construction, engineering and telecommunications.

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