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Kenya, UK Agree to Form Joint Committee to Address Travel Restrictions Row

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Rachael Omamo[Photo/Courtesy]
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Rachael Omamo [Photo/Courtesy]

Kenya and the United Kingdom have agreed to work together to address Covid-19 travel restrictions that threaten diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In a meeting on Wednesday morning, Kenya’s foreign affairs minister Rachael Omamo and her UK counterpart Dominic Raab resolved to form a Joint Emergency Committee to address the issue.

The two underlined the need to work on strengthening trade and deepening regional security.

Read: UK To Ban Travellers From Kenya In A Bid To Control Covid-19 Spread

The UK had last week announced plans to add Kenya to England’s red list from April 9 to protect the country against new variants of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Kenya, which was listed alongside Philippines, Pakistan and Bangladesh, retaliated by banning all passenger flights from the UK effective April 9.

“This unilateral decision does not reflect a prevailing logic and scientific knowledge of the disease or the spread of the pandemic. Rather, the decision seems to be motivated by a discriminatory policy against certain countries and peoples,” Kenya said in a statement on Saturday.

Read Also: UK Passengers Entering Kenya To Quarantine for 14 Days At Own Cost

Kenya further announced that passengers transiting through or from UK to Kenya will undergo 14-day quarantine at their own expense.

“While in isolation, they will be subject to take two PCR Covid-19 tests, on day two and eight of their quarantine, at their own cost,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege

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