Hungary President Meets Speaker Muturi in Budapest, Urges Kenya to Consider Establishing Mission in Hungary
The Government of Hungary has strongly urged Kenya to take their bilateral relationship a notch higher by establishing a mission in Budapest before the end of the year.
During his whirlwind engagements with top Government officials on Monday, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Justin Muturi got the strongest indication yet that Hungary was very keen to have Kenya make a foothold in Budapest. Nairobi and Budapest have had cordial bilateral relations for over 50 years, with Hungary having established its mission soon after Kenya's independence.
In a meeting between Speaker Muturi and the President of Hungary, H.E. Mr. János Áder, at the at the Sándor Palace, President Áder implored on the government of Kenya to establish a stronger presence in Budapest by the end of the year noting that would be a hallmark in the history of their bilateral relations. On his part, Speaker Muturi undertook to deliver the request of the Hungarian Government to President Uhuru Kenyatta, adding that Kenya was keen to have its footprint in Budapest as a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, the Kenyan Embassy in Vienna, Austria is in charge of Hungary.
" Kenya values its relationship with Hungary as a strategic partner in our development agenda. We will strongly consider this request to establish a mission and I commit to engage President Uhuru Kenyatta on the same", Speaker Muturi said. Speaker Muturi also delivered a special message from President Kenyatta to President Áder, extending an invitation to him to visit Kenya in January 2020.
Earlier on in a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, H.E. Mr. Zsolt Semjén, Speaker Muturi expressed his gratitude following an agreement last year that saw Hungary commit to offer over 100 annual scholarships to Kenya. There are now more than 300 students under government scholarship in Hungary.
Speaker Muturi also met the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjartór. The Minister revealed that the Hungarian Government had identified a suitable property and was ready to help the Kenyan Government to buy or lease the property for purposes of putting up an Embassy.
The Minister further informed Speaker Muturi that Hungary were also looking forward to Kenya signing the Framewotk Agreement on Financial Cooperation between Kenya and Hungary which is expected to pave the way for a tied-aid credit facility to Kenya, in support of healthcare projects such as the establishment of an Oncological cancer centre at the Nyeri Level 5 hospital and to establish the Beyond Zero Mother and Child Hospital at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Speaker Muturi who concluded his 4-day visit to Budapest yesterday, was on an official visit on the invitation of the Speaker of Hungary Parliament, H.E László Kövér and accompanied by Hon. Jeremiah Kioni, Hon. Robert Pukose, Hon. Gladys Boss Shollei, Hon. Paul Ongili and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Michael Sialai.