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Today, the High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini met with Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Kenya, in Brussels.
The forthcoming general elections in Kenya on 8 August 2017 were discussed. Amina Mohamed welcomed the deployment of the EU Election Observation Mission to contribute to transparent, credible and peaceful elections, while the High Representative confirmed EU's commitment to be a key partner of Kenya.
Mogherini recognised Kenya's significant role in hosting refugees from Somalia and South Sudan and ensured that the EU will continue to support Kenya in this respect.
The High Representative underlined that Kenya is also playing a crucial role in the region in terms of peace and security. The EU will remain a staunch supporter of this work including AMISOM, the African Union peace keeping force in Somalia, in full recognition that a stable and peaceful Somalia is crucial for the security of the region and in view of a sustainable solution to the refugee situation.
Concerning wider regional cooperation, with particular regard to the crisis within the Gulf Cooperation Council, High Representative Mogherini and Cabinet Secretary Mohamed concurred in the need for the parties involved to engage in a dialogue to avoid any further escalation of tensions and start de-escalation.
As regards economic integration within East Africa and trade cooperation with the EU, they touched upon the state of play of EU-East African Community Economic Partnership Agreement.
The EU looks forward to a reinforced partnership with Kenya after the conduct of the upcoming elections in August