Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:52PM
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has visited Kenya to enhance the ties between the two countries. Iran is playing a significant role by investing multi-million dollar projects in Kenya’s growing economy, construction, manufacturing, agriculture and pharmaceutical sectors. Tourism though is another area that both countries seek to expand for mutual; benefit, however, Iran is concerned about the increasing tension and conflict currently going on in neighboring Somalia, and between the Sudan and south Sudan and the impact they have on the business environment in particular. Iran has offered co-operation with Kenya in combating terrorism and piracy that have plagued the country’s lucrative tourism industry. Kenya is among the few countries alongside Seychelles which have taken the task to try suspected Somali pirates in their local courts. The Kenyan government is currently overstretched with its capacity in combating the pirates. Kenya has come under a series of attacks since its armed forces crossed over to Somalia in pursuit of in pursuit of al-Shabaab fighters. On his part, the Kenya’s foreign affairs secretary reiterated their support for Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and for western nations to respect Iran’s sovereignty. The visit of the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, is part of the regional visit to a number of African countries, including Somalia and Djibouti. The two countries have enjoyed cordial relations for a long time, with Iran indicating an open willingness to assist Kenya with no boundaries or limitations.