President William Ruto has said Kenya will abolish visa requirements for citizens of Comoros holding valid travel documents into Kenya by the end of 2023.
The president made this commitment on Thursday, July 6 during his state visit to Comoros to celebrate their 48th Independence Day.
According to the head of state, abolishment of visa requirement for Comorians will encourage free movement of persons between both countries.
“I give you a commitment that Kenya shall abolish the requirement of visas for all persons holding valid travel documents issued by the Union of the Comoros into Kenya, before the end of 2023,” he stated.
Moreover, to further foster strong diplomatic relations between Kenya and Comoros, President Ruto said that he is committed to hold talks on the education, healthcare, agriculture, and security sectors.
While speaking on education, Dr. Ruto said there are deliberations to allow students from Comoros to pursue higher education in Kenya and pay the same amount of fees as local students.
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Furthermore, he expressed the need to harness any shared potential to create opportunities, foster innovation, and build sustainable economies that have the interests of citizens at the fore.
“Let us embrace the spirit of solidarity and cooperation, as we work hand in hand to address common challenges, such as climate change, regional security, and economic development,” he added.
President Ruto applauded Comoros for ratifying the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) earlier this year.
According to Ruto, the move by Comoros will provide room for expanding trading avenues with Kenya, adding that it will help improve economic diplomacy in the African continent.
“This is why I am taking this opportunity to also extend an invitation to the people of the Union of Comoros to join the East African Community so that we can pursue and achieve prosperity together.” President William Ruto said.