BEIJING – China stands ready to work with Kenya to strengthen the docking of the two countries’ development strategies and deepen bilateral cooperation in areas such as communications, health care and education, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday.
Speaking on the phone with Raychelle Omamo, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for foreign affairs, Wang said that under the strategic leadership of the two heads of state, China-Kenya relations had maintained solid development momentum despite COVID-19.
China would like to continue to create synergetic development strategies with Kenya, actively participate in the country’s Big Four agenda as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepen the smooth running of programs such as the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway and the Nairobi-Malaba Standard Gauge Railway bilateral cooperation in areas such as communications, health care and education to help Kenya boost post-pandemic economic recovery, Wang said, adding that China will continue to support Kenya in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wang said that China and Kenya have always understood, trusted and supported each other on the international stage, jointly practiced multilateralism and safeguarded the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, especially African countries.
China is helping Kenya take over the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council this month, Wang said. The upcoming Sino-African cooperation forum, which will be held in Senegal, will not only be the main platform for Sino-African cooperation, but also a banner for South-South cooperation, he added.
China and Africa will work together to build further strategic consensus, promote unity in the fight against COVID-19 and vigorously advance the accelerated recovery of the African economy, Wang said, adding that China is ready to communicate and coordinate with Kenya consider maintaining in this regard.
For its part, Omamo thanked Kenya for China’s valuable support in the fight against COVID-19 and its pursuit of economic and social development, and noted that Kenya hopes to forge close bilateral ties with China.
The Kenyan side will actively participate in the upcoming forum for African-Chinese cooperation and expect the event to give new impetus to Africa’s economic development and demonstrate solidarity between Africa and China, she said.
Kenya stands ready to strengthen communication and coordination as well as mutual support with China in multilateral areas and hopes that both sides will continue their solid cooperation within the framework of the UN Security Council and together against “vaccine nationalism”, Omamo added.