Sri Lanka to hand over chairmanship of G15 to Kenya

Colombo: Sri Lanka, the current chair of the Group of 15 countries (G15), will hand over the chairmanship of the organization to Kenya after its four-year term at the helm ends this year.

Kenya, at the 30th meeting of the Ministers of Foreign affairs of the Group held at the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly last week, has accepted to chair the G15 after Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka took over the role of Chair of the G-15 in 2010 after Iran.

At the meeting, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has told the Group that Kenya will do its best to ensure the G15 objectives are met.

The Kenyan minister has thanked the Government of Sri Lanka for providing leadership for the four years and taking the lead to revitalize the activities of the Group.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta had discussed the issues and the challenges the G15 is facing when they met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, according to the Cabinet Secretary.

The two presidents also discussed enhancing relations between the two countries as well as furthering Sri Lanka’s relations with Africa overall.

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