Photo: State House.Photo: State House

Norwegian Foreign Minister on First Bilateral Visit to Kenya

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Børge Brende, made his first bilateral visit to Kenya from 25 to 27 October.

Foreign Minister Brende met with Kenya’s President, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, which provided an opportunity for them to discuss regional developments and the situation in South Sudan and Somalia. Mr Brende also held talks with Cabinet Secretary of the Treasury, Mr Henry Rotich, as well as the Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Hon. Charles Keter, where the key agenda was economic development in East Africa and the Norwegian Oil for Development.










Photo: State House

The Foreign Minister further met with opposition leader, Hon. Raila Odinga, to discuss the political developments in Kenya and preparations for the 2017 elections.

Mr Brende had the pleasure of visiting the Nation Media Group, in which the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund has invested. There he met with editors, journalists and human rights defenders to discuss the role of media in Kenya and the region. The visit included an interview by NTV on freedom of speech and on Norway’s bilateral relations with Kenya.

During the visit, Foreign Minister Brende met with Somalia’s Prime Minister Sharmarke and Deputy Prime Minister Arteh. The themes for these meetings were regional security, the upcoming elections, and migration.

Further pictures from the visit can be found on Flickr. Foreign Minister Brende may be followed on Twitter.





Photo: Astrid Sehl, MFA

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