Ottawa, 26 August 2023 (TDI): Canadian Foreign Minister, Melanie Joly called her Kenyan Counterpart Dr. Alfred Mutua to talk about regional conflicts like Sudan and Haiti.

Both extended their full-fledged support to a Haitian-led solution to the problem and to the people of Sudan.

Bilateral relations

When Kenya gained independence in 1963, Canada established diplomatic relations with it.

The Canadian High Commission in Nairobi is the country’s largest mission in Africa with accreditation to Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda.

Canada and Kenya have a solid relationship based on a number of shared goals.

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Those include poverty reduction, long-term economic growth, trade diversification, women’s and girls’ empowerment, refugee assistance, and regional security and stability.

In November 2018, Canada co-hosted a Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi alongside Kenya and Japan.

It addressed issues such as developing nations’ maritime economy, the role of women in the Blue Economy, marine security, and the impact of climate change.

Crisis in Haiti

In 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, causing widespread devastation.

Reconstruction failed to address the underlying systemic issues that led to significant socioeconomic inequality and endemic political and gang violence.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the killing of President Jovenel Mossé in July 2021, and a series of natural disasters shortly after, Haiti’s humanitarian situation has deteriorated from bad to worst.

Sudan Conflict

The fighting started out across most of Sudan on April 15, 2023, between the Sudanese military and the Rapid Support Forces.

Nearly 1,000 people have died and nearly 11,700 have been injured as a result of the conflict since then.

Sudanese refugees who fled the violence in their country, ride a cart as they pass other refugees standing beside makeshift shelters near the border between Sudan and Chad.

Many people are cut off from medical care at a time when they need it the most in large regions of Sudan due to continued conflict.

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People are leaving as a result of food and water shortages, which force them to relocate in order to meet their fundamental necessities.