Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta wants the seven member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to support his country’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the period 2021-22.
CMC News quoted the Kenyan leader as saying that Kenya’s candidature is informed by the critical role the UN Security Council plays in the maintenance of international peace and security.
He said Kenya has continued to play a leading role in peace, security and conflict management in the Horn of Africa region and other parts of the world.
“We, therefore, seek and look forward to the support of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States for our bid,” Kenyatta said Friday during talks in Barbados with OECS leaders.
Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet travelled to Barbados on Friday in his capacity as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for talks with Kenyatta.
““Given our historic and cultural ties to Africa, I have always been surprised that there hasn’t been greater collaboration between our two regions,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.
He also announced a number of initiatives agreed on during the Kenyan leader’s visit to Barbados, including plans for a summit of leaders of CARICOM and the African Union within a year.
Chastanet returned home on Friday night.