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President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomes Palestine's request to re-open its Embassy in Nairobi

By PSCU Updated Wednesday, November 20th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
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President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Kuwait for Afro-Arab summit. (Photo:PSCU)

By Kobia Mwirichia

Kuwait: Palestine is seeking to reopen its embassy in Nairobi.

President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the proposal when he met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait city today and assured that the Government will provide the necessary support.

The Palestine administration has requested land to build a chancery in Nairobi. President Kenyatta said: “Kenya acknowledges the interest of Palestine to re-open its Embassy in Nairobi and what has been requested will be considered.”

President Kenyatta said his Government continues to support the Palestinian cause for an independent State.

”Kenya, alongside other like-minded countries, voted in favour of a resolution of the UN General Assembly to grant Palestine the status of a non-member State of the UN,” he added.

The President encouraged peaceful settlement of the dispute between Palestine and Israel, and expressed his support to the Quartet Peace Plan and the Annapolis Declarations, which affirm the commitment to the peaceful co-existence of the two states, Palestine and Israel.

The Quartet Peace Plan is a road map to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while  Annapolis Declaration is the joint understanding by the two to end bloodshed, suffering and decades of conflict.

“A lasting solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict will immensely contribute to international peace and security,” said the President.

President Kenyatta had a busy schedule attending the summit and meeting various heads of state. He met the Amir of Kuwait His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and restated the commitment of his Government to work closely with Kuwait and other Arab countries to strengthen economic and cultural ties.

He also met Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo and Paul Kagame of Rwanda. During the separate meetings, President Kenyatta said Kenya would work with like-minded leaders for peace in the region, Africa and the world.

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