KENYA AND IRAN TO START BILATERAL AIR SERVICES
The English version of the BASA was first signed in February 2009 by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran when he visited Kenya. The signing of the Agreement means that the two countries, which enjoy cordial relations and growing commercial interaction, will provide for bilateral air services between Nairobi and Tehran.
Currently Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways does not fly to Iran, although it makes two flights to Dubai daily. With the signing of the BASA, direct flights between Nairobi and Tehran will be introduced. The move is expected to boost trade between the two countries at a time when there is increased commercial interests by Iranian investors in Kenya. Kenyan business community will also reap a fortune from the incentive. Kenya’s imports from Iran include tiles and ceramics, garments, textiles, petro-chemicals and hand woven carpets.
In addition, the two countries agreed to jointly fund various projects in Kenya, including the Rumuruti-Maralal road. They will also cooperate on maritime transport, with the post of Mombasa expected to benefit from cooperation with Imam Khomeini Port in Iran.
During the visit, Dr. Behbahani paid a courtesy on Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Moses Wetang’ula, Hon. Franklin Bett of Roads and Hon. Chirau Mwakwere of Transport.
From “Foreign Affairs Bulletin”
October – December 2009