State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, represented the Government of Sri Lanka at the swearing-in ceremony of President elect Uhuru Kenyatta on 28th November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon hosted by President Kenyatta at the State House.
The State Minister of Foreign Affairs met President Kenyatta and extended an invitation on behalf of President Maithripala Sirisena to visit Sri Lanka.
Highlighting Sri Lankan investments in Kenya, he underscored the importance of furthering relations between Kenya and Sri Lanka. Appreciating Sri Lanka’s contribution, President Kenyatta invited Sri Lankan investors to take advantage of the large East African market by investing in areas of interest. He also requested technology transfer through cooperation in the handloom, coconut and mining sectors.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by several Heads of State including Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia, and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel attended the luncheon as a special guest.
The State Minister of Foreign Affairs also met with Deputy President William Ruto and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed. He met members of the Sri Lankan community living in Nairobi at a dinner hosted by the Acting Sri Lanka High Commissioner Ms. Anzul Jhan. (Colombo Gazette)