Bali (ANTARA) – The government of Kenya plans to open its embassy in Jakarta in 2020, according to Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Monica Juma.
This was revealed by Juma during a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, on the sidelines of the 12th Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, Thursday.
“Preparations are being made and hopefully by mid-2020, the Kenyan Embassy in Jakarta will be opened,” Marsudi said.
Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Kenya began in 1979 and a few years after that, in 1983, Indonesia opened its embassy in Nairobi.
At present, relations between the two countries are starting to improve, one of the ways is through economic contacts and cooperation.
Marsudi hoped that Indonesia and Kenya could agree on a preferential trade agreement (PTA).
“In principle, the response is good. I say that if there is indeed positive progress (over the PTA negotiations), I promise to make a visit to Kenya next year,” she noted.
Responding to the statement of FM Marsudi, Juma agreed that Kenya and Indonesia must improve bilateral relations, particularly in the economic and investment sectors.