In Summary
  • She asked Kenyans to tap available job opportunities in Saudi Arabia and Qatar,  adding that more than 200 visa are processed every day  for Kenyans seeking jobs in Saudi Arabia.
  • She also disclosed that two East African countries had yet to agree on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) before the region could take a common position on it.

Kenya will continue doing business with Iran despite the Middle East country facing sanctions from the UN, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said on Thursday.

Briefing journalists in Nairobi on her recent tour of the US and Iran, Ms Mohamed said Kenya needed Iran’s market for its agriculture goods. UN sanctions against Iran did not affect the agricultural sector, she added.

“We sell about 20 per cent of our tea to Iran and we will continue to engage on a higher scale. There is a lot of potential. We have also invited the country’s agriculture and foreign affairs officials to visit Kenya,” said Ms Mohamed.

Powerful countries in the world, she added, were doing business with Iran and wondered why Kenya should be stopped.

The minister said she would continue to engage both the East and the West in efforts to woo investments.

“We are exploring opportunities in Japan, Korea and China, which have big markets for our products. We are not running away from our other friends such as the US,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

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