Political issues
13 February 2020 15:58

Kenya recognized Ukraine as an independent state on May 5, 1993. The protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations was signed the same day.

The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya was established in Nairobi in January 2004. Since November 7, 2018 Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Kenya is H.E. Mr. Andrii Pravednyk (presented Credentials on December 5, 2018).

Kenya does not have its Embassy in Ukraine; functions of accreditation to Ukraine are temporarily assigned to Kenyan Embassy in Moscow. After completion in April 2016 by H.E. Mr. Paul Kurgat of his duties as Kenya’s Ambassador to Russia, the Mission has been headed by Chargés d'Affaires a.i. (currently Mr. Maurice Okoth).

Kenya’s Foreign Ministry positively considered the request of Ukraine to transfer functions of Kenya’s accreditation to Ukraine from Moscow to one of the European countries. Kenya’s MFA considers accrediting to Ukraine its Ambassador in Vienna.

The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Kenya headed by Anatoly Kovalenko operates in Kyiv. The Honorary Consulate of Ukraine headed by Oleksiy Serkov operates in the city of Mombasa.

Presidents and Foreign Ministers of Ukraine and Kenya have in recent years maintained contact through exchange of personal letters.

Political dialogue between Ukraine and Kenya has been continuously advancing.

December 1, 2016, the two countries held the first ever high-level Ukraine–Kenya bilateral political consultations. During the consultations between Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergiy Kyslytsia and Acting Minister – Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya Amb. Monica Juma, both sides have identified priority areas for further bilateral cooperation, development of political dialogue, strengthening trade and economic relations, intersectoral cooperation, enhancement of the cooperation in the sphere of education and science, as well as the development of the respective legal framework.

March 20-24, 2017, the delegation of the Committee on Budget and Appropriation of the National Assembly of Kenya paid a working visit to Ukraine. May 18, 2017, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Andriy Parubiy held a meeting in Kyiv with the then Speaker of the Senate of Kenya Hon. Ekwee Ethuro.

September 14, 2017, on the margins of the Athens Democratic Forum the then Foreign Minister of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Pavlo Klimkin held a meeting with the then Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Amb. Amina Mohamed and discussed possibility of expanding cooperation in the fields of tourism, agriculture, education, science and countering terrorism.

November 28, 2017, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Andriy Zayats paid a visit to Kenya in order to take part in the official inauguration of H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta as President of the Republic of Kenya.

May 21-23, 2018, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Pavlo Klimkin paid the official visit to the Republic of Kenya. The visit became the first in the history of bilateral relations visit by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister to this country. While in Kenya the Minister held negotiations with the then Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Kenya H.E. Amb. Monica Juma, meetings with the Speakers of both chambers of the Kenyan Parliament, as well as with other high-level officials. The visit laid the foundation for further deepening of relations in important areas of bilateral cooperation and on the international arena. Also Pavlo Klimkin hosted a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Kenya.

May 23, 2018, Ukraine established its Honorary Consulate in the leading industrial and port city of Kenya, Mombasa, which would promote the economic interests of Ukraine, as well as deepening of bilateral contacts at the regional level. Mr. Oleksii Sierkov has been appointed as Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Mombasa.

May 13-15, 2019 the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Justin Muturi arrived in Ukraine for an official visit which became the first official visit by a Speaker of the Kenya’s Parliament to our country in the history of bilateral relations. While in Kenya the Speaker held meetings with Chairperson of the then Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin. Justin Muturi also took part in the ceremony of commemorating the victims of Holodomor in Ukraine and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

September 25, 2019, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko met with Kenya Foreign Minister Monica Juma on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. Ways of intensifying political dialogue, intensification of trade and economic cooperation, as well as development of cooperation within international organizations were discussed.

Positive development of cooperation between Ukraine and Kenya is also observed within international organizations. In particular, it can be traced through mutual support of the candidatures within the United Nations system.

The Government of Kenya, particularly at the high and highest levels, has repeatedly expressed its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Three bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Kenya have been signed since the establishment of diplomatic relations. In addition, the sides are working on twelve other draft bilateral agreements, five of which are in economic field, three – in the legal field and four more agreements cover specific areas of bilateral cooperation.

United Republic of Tanzania recognized Ukraine as an independent state on June 8, 1992. The establishment of diplomatic relations was done through exchange of diplomatic notes on July 8, 1992.

Ukraine and Tanzania do not have diplomatic missions in Kyiv and Dodoma or Dar es Salaam respectively.

The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya that was established in Nairobi in January 2004 is also responsible for relations with Tanzania. Since November 7, 2018 Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Kenya is H.E. Mr. Andrii Pravednyk (presented Credentials on December 5, 2018). Andrii Pravednyk is also expected to be accredited to Tanzania.

The functions of Tanzania’s accreditation to Ukraine are performed through Tanzania’s Embassy in Stockholm. Ambassador of Rwanda to Ukraine is Willibrod Peter Slaa.

There are currently no high-level bilateral commissions. At the same time, Rwanda demonstrates a desire to develop bilateral relations with Ukraine, which manifests itself in willingness to maintain its dialogue with Ukraine at the highest level.

Deliberations with the leadership of Tanzania, namely its President and Minister for Foreign Affairs, testified Tanzania’s intention to develop and deepen cooperation with Ukraine in such fields as trade, agriculture, chemical industry, medicine, education, and machinery.

Concluding of the bilateral agreements should be the basis for establishing cooperation between the two countries.

To date, only the Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations has been signed between the countries. Both sides are also revising three draft agreements, namely on promotion and mutual protection of investments, cooperation in the field of education, and the draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tanzania.

Positive development of Ukraine-Tanzania cooperation has also been observed within the framework of international organizations, in particular through mutual support of the candidatures within the United Nations system.

The leadership of Tanzania, particularly at the highest level, has repeatedly expressed its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Republic of Rwanda recognized Ukraine as an independent state on May 7, 1993. The protocol on establishment of diplomatic relations was signed on 8 September 1993.

Ukraine and Rwanda do not have diplomatic missions in Kyiv and Kigali respectively.

The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya that was established in Nairobi in January 2004 is also responsible for relations with Rwanda. Since November 7, 2018 Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Kenya is H.E. Mr. Andrii Pravednyk (presented Credentials on December 5, 2018). Andrii Pravednyk is also expected to be accredited to Rwanda.

The functions of Rwanda’s accreditation to Ukraine are performed through Rwanda’s Embassy in Berlin. Ambassador of Rwanda to Ukraine is Igor Caesar. He presented his Credentials to the President of Ukraine (Petro Poroshenko) in June 2017.

There are currently no high-level bilateral commissions. At the same time, Rwanda demonstrates a desire to develop bilateral relations with Ukraine, which manifests itself in willingness to maintain its dialogue with Ukraine at the highest level.

Deliberations with the leadership of Rwanda, namely its President and Minister for Foreign Affairs, testified Rwanda’s intention to develop and deepen cooperation with Ukraine in such fields as medicine, education, agriculture, machinery, chemical industry.

Concluding of the bilateral agreements should be the basis for establishing cooperation between the two countries.

To date, only the Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations has been signed between the countries. Both sides are also revising draft agreement between the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Rwanda on cooperation in higher education. Meetings between the government representatives showed mutual interest in concluding a number of bilateral agreements (avoidance of double taxation, protection of investments, air services, cooperation between trade chambers).

Positive development of Ukraine-Rwanda cooperation has also been observed within the framework of international organizations, in particular through mutual support of the candidatures within the United Nations system.

The leadership of Rwanda, particularly at the highest level, has repeatedly expressed its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The Union of the Comoros recognized Ukraine as an independent state on July 23, 1993. The diplomatic relations were established through exchange of diplomatic notes on the same day.

Ukraine and Comoros do not have diplomatic missions in Kyiv and Moroni respectively.

The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Kenya that was established in Nairobi in January 2004 is also responsible for relations with Comoros. Since November 7, 2018 Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Kenya is H.E. Mr. Andrii Pravednyk (presented Credentials on December 5, 2018).

Work is underway to ensure the accreditation of the Union of the Comoros to Ukraine through an Embassy in one of the European country.

The Honorary Consulate of the Union of the Comoros, headed by Oleksandr Kuznietsov, also operates in Kyiv. The candidate for the position of Honorary Consul of Ukraine in the Union of the Comoros is being selected.

There are currently no high-level bilateral commissions. At the same time, Comoros demonstrate a desire to develop bilateral relations with Ukraine, which manifests itself in willingness to maintain its dialogue with Ukraine at the highest level.

The leadership of Comoros, particularly at the highest level, has repeatedly expressed its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Deliberations with the leadership of Comoros, namely its President and Minister for Foreign Affairs, testified Comoros’ intention to develop and deepen cooperation with Ukraine in such fields as trade, agriculture, tourism, medicine and education.

Concluding of the bilateral agreements should be the basis for establishing cooperation between the two countries.

To date, three bilateral agreements have been signed between the two sides, namely on establishment of the diplomatic relations, on recognition of seafarers' diplomas (certificates) and the Agreement on cooperation in the field of education and science, which offers the Comorian citizens 5 state scholarships annually.



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