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Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo meets her UK counterpart over travel ban

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 held a meeting with her United Kingdom counterpart Dominic Raab following the travel ban issued by UK to Kenya.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that the two held positive talks and agreed to form a Joint Emergency Committee to address Covid-19 travel restrictions issued by UK.

The two leaders also discussed trade, regional security, and health between the two countries.

Their meeting comes after the UK had issued a notice alleging that Kenya is a high-risk country with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic and banned Kenyan citizens from entering the country.

“From April 9, British and Irish citizens who have been in or transited through Kenya in the previous 10 days will be declined entry into England unless they undertake a compulsory ten-day quarantine.

“The same courtesy will be extended to Kenyans who already have residence rights in the UK,” reads an excerpt of the statement.

Kenya also responded by directed that all passengers originating from or transiting through UK airports to go through mandatory 14 day isolation at a government designated facility at their own cost upon entry into the country.

The government noted that UK’s decision was discriminatory adding that Kenya has been consistent in maintaining a positive attitude towards the United Kingdom.

“Kenya has been consistent in maintaining a positive attitude towards the United Kingdom despite the challenges and disruptions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement read in part.

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