Thursday, October 29, 2009
NAIROBI. Kenya’s foreign minister voiced indignation yesterday at US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson’s statements on the pace of reform, adding that the diplomat had come to Nairobi uninvited.
"It is with regret that an assistant minister of a friendly country, walks into our country uninvited, makes fairly unacceptable and reckless statements and then leaves," Moses Wetangula said at a Press conference.
"It is not right," he said, responding to the announcement by Carson on Monday that the United States had revoked the visa of a senior Kenyan government official accused of obstructing reform.
"At the altar of diplomacy we are the same like at the altar of the church and the statement made by Johnnie Carson is totally out of order and is not in keeping with the expected norms of good diplomatic behaviour," Wetangula said.
The foreign minister described as meaningless the travel bans threatened by the United States against 14 other senior officials and added Kenya could yet take its own measures. "Kenya, like any other independent and sovereign state, has options and in diplomacy we have got the doctrine of reciprocity and we shall appropriately reciprocate on all issues that undermine our dignity as a nation," he warned. — AFP.