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Vice Foreign Minister Cho Meets with Cabinet Secretary of Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
1. On October 8, Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun met with Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya Monica Juma, who is on a visit to the Republic of Korea. In the meeting, the two sides discussed matters of mutual concern, including main recent exchanges between the two countries, ways to step up substantive cooperation, and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
※ Secretary Juma, having arrived in the ROK on October 8, plans to pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister and hold meetings with the President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Ambassadors to the ROK from African countries.
2. Vice Minister Cho, citing the ROK Prime Minister’s visit to Kenya in July and Secretary Juma’s visit to the ROK, took note of continuing robust high-level exchanges between the two countries; and voiced hope for further exchanges and advances in the cooperative ties between the ROK and Kenya, a leading country in East Africa.
° Secretary Juma, affirming Kenya’s support for the ROK government-led peace process on the Korean Peninsula, noted that peace on the Korean Peninsula would contribute to world peace. Vice Minister Cho, extending appreciation to Kenya for its support, stated that the ROK government would continuously seek to achieve denuclearization and establish a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula by building on the outcome of the recent inter-Korean summit talks.
※ The Kenyan government posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (September 27) a statement hailing the third inter-Korean summit meeting (Pyeongyang Declaration).
3. Vice Minister Cho conveyed hope to bolster substantive cooperation with Kenya, a gateway to East Africa with favorable climate and natural conditions, stable situation and market economy, and relatively good infrastructure. On that note, he suggested that the two countries seek concrete ways to work together in diverse areas, including science, technology, information and communications technology (ICT), infrastructure construction and the development of human resources.
※ The ROK-Kenya joint economic committee meeting is a deputy ministerial consultative platform: The ROK and the Kenyan head delegates to the meeting are the Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs and the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, respectively.
- The fourth meeting of the joint economic committee took place in Nairobi in April 2017.
4. Minister Juma expressed hope that Korean enterprises would take part in Kenyan projects, -- including the housing improvement project for low-income brackets -- conducted as part of the efforts to fulfill the President-led “Big Four” agenda; and extended appreciation to the ROK government for conducting various development cooperation projects and thereby helping Kenya achieve a sustainable economic and social development.
° The Minister also extended gratitude to the ROK government for its assistance to the Kenyan government with regard to the Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy to be hosted by the latter government in Nairobi from November 26 till 28; and voiced hope that the ROK government would continue working with the Kenyan government toward the success of the event.
* unofficial translation