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Posted On: 26 August 2010 09:05 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Kenya to open Doha embassy

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Kenya is set to open an embassy in Doha by September middle, Kenya Broadcasting Corp reported yesterday. A team of senior officials from the ministry of foreign affairs is already in Doha to finalise technical and logistical arrangements. Kenya and Qatar established diplomatic relations on December 28, 2003 but the two countries have not established diplomatic missions. The opening of a Kenyan embassy in Doha is seen as the first step in enhancing diplomatic engagements between the two countries. Once operational, the new embassy in Doha is expected to facilitate trade and investment between the two countries and market Kenyan tea, coffee, horticultural, beef and dairy products in Qatar and the Gulf region. It will also bring consular services closer to the over 2,500 Kenyans living in Qatar who have in the past faced various challenges. Once the embassy opens, Qatari nationals wishing to visit Kenya will get visas faster as well as first-hand information on business and investment opportunities in Kenya. The Kenyans in Qatar, mainly employed in the hotel and aviation industries, remit a substantial amount of money to their country. Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki recently appointed Galma Mukhe Boru, a career diplomat as the ambassador of Kenya to Qatar.