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Poland’s President Cancels Kenyan Visit

Poland’s President Cancels Kenyan Visit
Polish President Andrzej Duda has cancelled his Kenyan visit after ruling party lost parliamentary elections. Photo Courtesy

Polish President Andrzej Duda has canceled his inaugural visit to Nairobi scheduled for next week, at the invitation of Kenyan President William Ruto. 

Poland held a parliamentary election which saw the ruling party lose to the opposition, and this, according to sources, required President Duda to be in the country for a smooth transition. 

Notably, Kenya does not maintain a diplomatic mission in Warsaw, Poland. However, Poland has its embassy in Nairobi. During the visit, President Duda and President Ruto were expected to engage in bilateral talks at State House, Nairobi.

The agenda for these discussions was set to span various facets of international geopolitics, with a focus on Poland’s role in the ongoing European crisis, notably given Kenya’s staunch support for Ukraine.

A key highlight of the reschuled visit was the Poland-Kenya business forum, where the two leaders were expected to address business representatives from both nations. This forum aimed to foster business and economic cooperation between Poland and Kenya, establishing a bridge for investment and trade.

To lay the groundwork for Duda’s visit, a delegation from the Kenyan National Chamber of Commerce undertook a journey to Poland in September. Their mission was to cultivate robust business relations with their Polish counterparts.

Kalonzo Musyoka, then Kenyan foreign minister visited Poland in 1995 while the Polish minister visited Nairobi in 1993.

More update to follow

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