Nairobi, 27 April 2023 (TDI): The Cabinet Secretary Minister of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, Dr. Alfred Mutua received Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, European Union and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Albares.

Kenyans to learn Spanish

The prime subject on the agenda list of this bilateral meeting was signing of a memorandum of understanding. According to the memorandum, the Kenyans will be trained to learn Spanish language, along with English.

Consequently, the step would boost Spanish’s status as a top study language in Kenya. Spanish is a language formally used in more than twenty countries across the world. Thus, it will result in increased career opportunities for Kenyans.

Economic Relations

Ministers also talked about Spain’s multiple partnerships and commitments towards Kenya. In particular, Spain’s funding for the development of infrastructure in Kenya.

Moreover, they extended the discussion to the economic relations. Kenya serves as a big consumer market for more than a thousand Spanish companies to sell their products. The Spanish minister also commented on how Kenyan products can be marketed in Spain.

Scholarships for Kenyans

The Kenyan Minister also a made a request to his Spanish counterpart for scholarships for Kenyan Students. The Spanish minister assured him that they would offer as soon as the chance arose. In the meantime, they mutually decided to switch diplomats right away to study in Kenya and Spain.

Also Read: US First Lady visits Kenya and Namibia 

Security issues

They exchanged views on the security situation in the region, particularly the ongoing crisis in Sudan. They asserted the need for an immediate cease fire in Sudan. The Kenyan minister requested for Spanish support for a Nairobi backed meditation process between the warring parties in Sudan.

Lastly, on behalf of President William Ruto of Kenya, the foreign minister extended gratitude towards the Spanish government for the unwavering support. The Spanish Minister assured him that his government sees Kenya at the forefront for their relations and investment in the African continent.