Kenya, Estonia vow to uphold multilateralism

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta /CFP Image
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is hosting Estonian leader Kersti Kaljulaid in Nairobi for a three-day official visit to the East African country. /CFP Image

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Estonian leader Kersti Kaljulaid have agreed to partner in championing for the protection of multilateralism on the global stage.

According to a statement issued by the Kenyan presidency on Friday, the two leaders said the multilateralism system guarantees fairness and justice in the global stage, and vowed to use the two countries’ non-permanent membership on the UN Security Council to jointly advance multilateralism.

“We are actually together in the United Nations Security Council and we all know why small nations are elected to the Security Council. This is because we adhere to international rules and regulations,” Kaljulaid was quoted as saying on Thursday evening in Nairobi, during a cocktail party held in her honor by Kenyatta.

The two agreed to pursue common goals such as regional and global peace, climate change and the gender agenda.

Kaljulaid said she had been impressed by Kenya’s use of digital technologies in public service delivery, and advised Nairobi to consider tightening its cyber security protocols to ensure that the systems are tamper proof.

Estonia will partner with Kenya in pushing for global issues that affect small countries, especially climate change, cyber security and peace, she said.

The Estonian leader said her country is determined to forge a strong technology partnership with Kenya that will see the two countries share expertise in the area.