SVG to establish diplomatic ties with Kenya

By Demion McTair. Updated 12:26 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), will establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Kenya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce said today (August 12).

In a Facebook post, the ministry says more details will come soon.

The move comes after Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves called for strengthened ties with African nations.

STRENGTHENING RELATIONS WITH AFRICAN NATIONS

In February 2010, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, told African leaders at the 14th Summit of the African Union (AU), that they should strengthen ties with Latin America and the Caribbean.

In November 2018, Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, made an official visit to the Republic of Ghana “as part of the process of cementing deeper cooperation with the African continent,” the Office of the Prime Minister says on its website.

In June 2019, the Ghanaian President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, while on a Caribbean tour, made an official two-day state visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Ghanaian President’s visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines sought to further deepen existing diplomatic relations. 

The visit was “of particular significance as the Government of the Republic of Ghana celebrates the “Year of the Return”, four hundred (400) years after the start of the slave trade,” the Office of the Prime Minister states on its website.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines also has diplomatic representation from South Africa (accredited in February 2017), and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (accredited in April, 2017), among other African countries.

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