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Kenya re-affirms respect for UN charters

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Vice President Moody Awori today re-affirmed the government's commitment to work with the international community and to respect the United Nations resolutions.
Mr. Awori at the same time assured that Kenya would continue to respect the sovereignty of individual nations and uphold mutual understanding and good neighbourliness.

He particularly noted that Kenya will not interfere in the running of the affairs of Somali and Sudan despite having played a leading role in bringing peace in the two countries.

The Vice President made the remarks when he received a delegation from China's Tibet Province led by the Governor, Chamba Phutsok, who called on him at his Jogoo House Office, Nairobi.

Mr. Awori hailed the cordial relations existing between Kenya and Tibet, saying the two sides had a lot to learn and benefit from each other.

He particularly singled out the harmonious co-existence between the various ethnic groups living in the two countries as a good example of stability to other regions in the world characterised by such diversities.

The Vice President pointed out that it is the government's priority to reduce poverty levels in the country through implementation of several strategies including those of the Millennium Development Goals(MDG's).

Mr. Awori observed that for Kenya to fully achieve the MDG's, there is need for a stronger social economic basis. He said it is for this reason that the government has provided a conducive atmosphere for the private sector to participate in the country's economic growth.

The Vice President welcomed Tibet to strengthen its trading ties with Kenya, noting that this country had many resources including tea, coffee, horticulture and tourism, which it could sell to Tibet.

The Governor said the delegation is visiting Kenya to acquaint itself with the great potentials of this country and to explore areas of cooperation.

Mr. Phutsok said Tibet hopes to learn more from Kenya particularly in the fields of tourism, environmental protection and animal conservation among other sectors of the economy.

The Governor was accompanied by Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Guo Chong Li, Tibet's General Director of Foreign Affairs Office, N. Sonam and Lhasa Municipality Mayor, Norpu Thundrup.

Also present was the Permanent Secretary in the Office of The Vice President and Ministry of Home Affairs, Amb. Mohamed Mohamud.