Uhuru Signs 3 Deals at Portugal PM's Mansion

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and Portugal PM Rt. Hon. António Costa at São Bento Mansion in Lisbon.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Portugal PM Rt. Hon. António Costa at São Bento Mansion in Lisbon.
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, June 28, visited the official residence of the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa in São Bento, Lisbon.

    At the event, the two leaders signed three bilateral agreements to cooperate in the areas of air services; political consultations; and diplomatic training.

    Uhuru was accompanied by two members of his Cabinet including Najib Balala (Tourism) and Raychelle Omamo of Foreign Affairs.

    The bilateral agreements are aimed at boosting the relationship between the two countries since President Uhuru made the historic trip as the first Kenyan President to visit the European country.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta is received at the Altice Arena in central Lisbon to preside over the high-level opening planery session of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta attending the 2022 UN Ocean Conference at the Altice Arena in Lisbon on Monday, June 27, 2022.
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    "President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday met the Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic, Rt. Hon. António Costa at São Bento Mansion, the Prime Minister's official residence and office, in Lisbon.

    "President Kenyatta, who is in Portugal on a two-day State Visit, led a Kenyan delegation that included Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Najib Balala (Tourism) at the meeting that culminated in the signing of 3 bilateral agreements on air services; political consultations; and diplomatic training," the State House statement read in part.

    In his two-day trip, the Head of State co-chaired the United Nations Ocean Conference alongside Portugal counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

    “This is very special. It is historic because this is the first time in history that a Kenyan Head of State has been recognized by our hosts, the Republic of Portugal,” remarked Kenya's ambassador to Portugal Judy Wakhungu during when Uhuru departed for the country.

    Kenya and Portugal were selected to jointly host the conference in 2020 during the inaugural conference in New York but the event was pushed forward at the onset of the pandemic.

    Usually hosted by two nations, the meeting is aimed at accelerating the adoption of science-based innovative solutions to challenges facing oceans and the global marine ecosystem.

    Separately, Kenya and the Kingdom of Eswatini were announced as the champions of geothermal energy and literacy among the Commonwealth countries that congregated in Rwanda.

    The two states were, therefore, selected to lead other members in leading other countries develop and execute strategies on geothermal energy and literacy.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta during a past trip out of the country.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta during a past trip out of the country.
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