Kenya seems a hot destination for development officials lately. Germany’s Dirk Niebel is currently in the East African country — armed with new humanitarian aid pledges — just days after the U.S. secretary of state’s visit there.
Niebel, in a conversation with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, pledged some €7.5 million ($9.2 million) to be used “first and foremost” for short-relief efforts related to the drought that hit the Horn of Africa in 2011. This contribution comes on top of the approximately €50 million Germany has provided for drought relief efforts.
The German development minister also tackled Kenya’s upcoming elections in his meeting with the prime minister. Niebel said he hopes the election will be transparent and open, and pledged German support to ensure the polls will be peaceful. Niebel’s call echoes that of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who drew from her personal experience to emphasize the importance of fair and free elections.
Aside from these two issues, Niebel’s agenda in Kenya includes discussion on the future of Germany’s bilateral cooperation with the country and a trilateral cooperation with Israel.
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