Nairobi, Kenya –In a surprising turn of events, the highly anticipated visit by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Kenya took an unexpected twist as the scheduled meeting with President Ruto was abruptly rescheduled.
Raisi didn’t show up in Nairobi as planned, leaving both Kenyan officials and the public puzzled. No details were provided for the change.
The visit aimed at strengthening political and trade cooperation between Iran and Kenya.
Some sources suggest that logistical challenges may have played a role in the rescheduling, citing potential issues with the travel arrangements or unforeseen circumstances that could have affected the Iranian President’s ability to make the trip.
Others speculate that geopolitical considerations or last-minute developments in international relations may have influenced the decision.
While the Kenyan government assured the public that the visit would be rescheduled at a later date, it remains to be seen how this incident will impact the bilateral relationship and the potential outcomes that were expected to arise from the meeting.
For Iran, the visit to Kenya represents a strategic move to expand its diplomatic outreach and engage with African nations highlighting Iran’s interest in diversifying its alliances and exploring new avenues for economic cooperation beyond its traditional partners.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March 2020, Iran was enjoying Sh15 billion (USD150 million) of exports to Kenya, mainly in construction materials and textile products, while in the opposite direction, Kenya only managed Sh3 billion (USD30 million) from the sale of tea and coffee to Tehran.
Sanctions and Covid-19 slowed down the growth of trade volumes between the two countries.
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