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Australia opens new embassy office in Nairobi

The Australian Government has officially opened the new Australian High Commission offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

The opening of the new Chancery marks a significant milestone in Australia’s relationship with Kenya. It will also serve as a base for Australia’s relations with Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda – to which Australia is accredited.

While Australia’s diplomatic presence in Kenya is not new, investment in this building demonstrates the importance Australia places in deepening its engagement with the Kenyan government and people.

Speaking during the occasion, Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr Alfred Mutua said that the opening of Australia’s new diplomatic building is a strong message of Australia’s long-term engagement with Kenya and the region.

He added that Kenya cherishes this milestone which marks a great moment in a history of excellent diplomatic relations with Australia.

“We should seize this opportunity to continue working together, especially now more than ever as the world arena is facing daunting challenges like climate change and conflicts, among other global challenges,” said Mutua.

The CS reiterated that the new Australian High Commission building is a symbol of renewed commitment to continue strengthening friendship, mutual trust and enhances implementation of development cooperation between the two nations for the mutual benefit of the two countries and its people.

Responding, Australia’s Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Tim Watts MP expressed honour to be in Nairobi to officially open the Australian High Commission building.

He noted that Australia’s partnership with Kenya dates back nearly 60 years, and the opening of this new High Commission is a testament to the countries’ enduring relationship and close cooperation.

“The work of this High Commission will build on our cooperation with Kenya to respond to global challenges and deepen our combined efforts on economic, multilateral, environmental and security issues,” stated Watts.

Watts appreciated the support that the Government of Kenya has provided to enable Australia’s continued presence in Nairobi.

By Michael Omondi

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