Iranian ambassador to Kenya Jafar Barmaki on Monday paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Masika Wetang’ula.
Barmaki who has been in the country for the past three years congratulated lauded Kenyans for having a peaceful elections in the August 9 elections saying that the country’s democracy had matured and come of age.
He also emphasized on the need to have a proper banking system with the Iranian government where business people can conduct direct exchange in cash.
“As a country we value the good trade relationship that the two countries have often had even during difficult times with an active embassy and I can recall sometime back then we used to have a group called clean ocean dream that used to be very vocal in terms of trade,” he said.
Barmaki said although Iranian government has been living under lots of sanctions, Kenya has been supporting the integrity of a free state to enhance human development.
He noted that there are over 40 Iranian companies with new technologies that are ready and willing to invest and commercialize in Kenya.
“As a country we have shown interests in partnering with Kenya on knowledge based technologies by having some modern medical equipment that can be used by your universities in innovations such as drones,” he said.
he added there was need to have direct trade between the two counties in various sectors of agriculture that will see tea being packaged from Kenya to Iran.
Wetangula promised to enhance good bilateral talks between the two countries by having members of parliament from the two countries take part in exchange programs to learn from each other.
“Kenya is going through a difficult drought season especially in the north-eastern region, however, we remain optimistic in finding lasting solutions to this challenge and we are looking forward to partner with Iran on having proper fertilizer for our famers that will be readily available and at an affordable price in bid to have good yields and enhance food security.”
Wetangula said there was a need for Kenya to partner with Iranian government in ICT technology advancement, Medical equipment and research.