Bilateral political relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Kenya
Republic of Kenya recognized Ukraine as an independent state on May 5, 1993. The protocol on 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).
The Republic of Kenya does not have its Embassy in Ukraine; the functions of accreditation to Ukraine are temporarily assigned to Kenyan Embassy in Moscow. Since completion in April 2016 by H.E. Mr. Paul Kurgat of his duties as Kenya’s Ambassador to Russia, Kenya has not yet assigned its new Ambassador to Kenya. Ms. Winnie Mwanjala has been acting in the capacity of Chargé d'Affaires a.i.
The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Kenya, headed by Anatoly Kovalenko, also operates in Kyiv. The Honorary Consulate of Ukraine, headed by the Honorary Consul of Ukraine Oleksiy Serkov, operates in the city of Mombasa.
Presidents of Ukraine and the Republic of Kenya have in recent years maintained contact through exchange of personal letters.
Bilateral political relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Kenya have recently demonstrated continuous advancement.
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 Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsia and Acting Minister – Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic 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 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 then Speaker of the Senate of Kenya Hon. Ekwee Ethuro.
September 14, 2017, on the margins of the Athens Democratic Forum Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine H.E. Mr. Pavlo Klimkin held a meeting with 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. During the meeting with then Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya Amb. Monica Juma he expressed assurances of Ukraine's determination to continue cooperation with the Kenyan Government for the benefit of the peoples of both states.
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 Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic 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 was a breakthrough in the development of political dialogue, laid the foundation for further deepening of relations in important areas of bilateral cooperation and in the international arena. Also in 2018, Ukraine and Kenya celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations (May 5, 2018).
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 jheld meetings with Chairperson of the 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.
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.