India’s external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is expected in Nairobi on Saturday for a series of meetings meant to strengthen relations with Kenya.
Dr S Jaishankar, as he is popularly known, will make an official two-day visit as his country is fighting a surge in Covid-19 cases that had paralysed the healthcare system, a development that has seen the Asian country also halt efforts to supply vaccines to developing countries including Kenya.
But the visit could signal New Delhi’s ambitions to strengthen ties with key African allies, especially as the country plans to host the fourth India-Africa Summit later in the year.
A statement released by India’s ministry of external affairs on Tuesday evening said Dr Jaishankar will co-chair a meeting of the India-Kenya Joint Commission with his Kenyan counterpart Raychelle Omamo.
This meeting “will review all aspects of the bilateral relationship,” the statement indicated. The last such meeting was held in March 2019 in New Delhi, before either Ms Omamo or he were in the foreign affairs dockets.
“The development partnership is an important aspect of the relationship between the two countries which the visit will seek to deepen,” the statement added, indicating that the Indian minister will also meet with other line ministry officials with which exist bilateral agreements or MoUs.