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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next intends to meet (a) the President of Kenya and (b) representatives of the Kenyan Government. [112900]

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not yet had the opportunity to meet President Kibaki. While there are no immediate plans to meet with representatives of the new Government, the Foreign Secretary met the Kenyan Foreign Minister, Kalonzo Musyoka, when he visited London in February.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's relations with Kenya under President Kibaki. [112901]

The UK Government warmly welcomed the election in December 2002 of President Kibaki and his National Rainbow Coalition. In January official visits to Kenya were made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Clare Short), the then International Development Secretary and my noble Friend Baroness Amos, the then Minister for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Kenyan Foreign Minister paid a visit to the UK in February. We strongly endorse the reform agenda pursued by President Kibaki and look forward to working closely with his government to help realise Kenya's potential.