Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Kenya‘s newly elected President Dr. William Suto, are committed to further strengthening and deepening bilateral relations.
According to a statement by the government of Antigua and Barbuda, both leaders held a discussion on the sidelines of the general debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.
Antigua and Barbuda and Kenya formally established diplomatic relations at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda in June.
“Prime Minister Browne warmly congratulated President Suto, who was recently sworn in as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya earlier this month, and expressed his government’s vision to work with Kenya to advance the interests of sustainable development, trade, peace and prosperity for both peoples.” , the statement said.
It said Antigua and Barbuda and Kenya currently have close working ties at the multilateral level, with both countries currently co-chairing the Sustainable Blue Economy Action Group within the Commonwealth.
Both leaders also attended the first African-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit on September 7, 2021, on the theme “Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities to Deepen Integration,” the statement said.
She noted that CARICOM established an embassy in Nairobi in June, run by the Barbados government.
In this regard, the statement said Suto reiterated his offer to Browne for Antigua and Barbuda to set up an embassy in Kenya.
“Establishing an embassy would also strengthen trade and economic ties between the two countries,” he said.
Browne said his government would “favourably consider” the establishment of an embassy in Kenya and has initiated talks on the possibility of a direct airlift between Africa (Kenya) and Antigua and Barbuda, the statement said.