The first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international affairs, Vladimir Jabbarov met with a delegation of Kenyan MPs led by the chairman of the Standing Committee on national security and international affairs of the Senate of the Republic of Kenya, Mohamed Yusuf Haji.
As reported by the press service of the Russian Federal Assembly, the meeting was attended by first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defence and security, Alexander Chekalin, and members of the Federation Council Committee on international affairs, Igor Morozov and Olga Timofeeva.
The sides discussed the current situation in the world, Africa, the Middle East and South-East of Ukraine, the prospects of cooperation in international organisations, the development of political, trade and economic relations, and the strengthening of relations in the sphere of education and tourism.
The senator emphasised that the Russian Federation, like the former Soviet Union attaches great importance to developing relations with African countries. "We know that the mutual trade turnover between Russia and Kenya compared with 2013, grew in 2014 by $40 million and is equal to $276 million. It does not seem enough to me, in comparison with the opportunities that are available to Kenya and Russia," he added.
The Russians are looking at Kenya with great interest, said Vladimir Jabbarov. "This is a unique country with its natural resources and opportunities."
The Kenyan parliament appealed to their Russian colleagues with a call to assist in resolving the issue of resuming direct flights between Russia and Kenya, and also reported on the possibility of exporting fruit and vegetables to Russia from the country. Mohamed Yusuf Haji said that relations between the two countries have always been warm and friendly.