British MP Tobias Ellwood meets Amina Mohamed during Kenya visit

Tobias Ellwood
Tobias Ellwood during his visit to Kenya. Photo: Twitter/EschofieldPwC

British Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East and Minister for the Middle East, Africa, counter terrorism, illegal wildlife trade and Consular Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services, Tobias Ellwood, has been in Kenya today meeting CS Amina Mohamed, Adan Mohamed and visiting the De La Rue facility in Nairobi.

During a meeting with CS Mohamed, the pair discussed UK and Kenya partnerships. In a Tweet posted following his meeting, he said that prosperity and regional securities were the “top priorities”.

Tobias Ellwood and Amina Mohamed
Tobias Ellwood meets Amina Mohamed in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/Tobias_Ellwood

Later he visited De La Rue in Nairobi where he welcomed a new agreement with the National Treasury to secure the continued printing of Kenyan banknotes by the UK firm.

He also met with Adan Mohamed, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, to further the bilateral economic relationship between the two countries.

The pair discussed the continued UK-Kenya partnership across key areas such as prosperity, security and migration

“I am honoured to be visiting Kenya in my first overseas trip in my new role. What happens here matters to the UK, whether it’s migration, security, business or defence.

“We share strong and enduring links, and Kenya is at the forefront of the active role the UK will continue to play internationally and across Africa.

I believe our partnership has never been stronger. It is vital that we continue to work together to push forward our joint and mutually reinforcing priorities on security and prosperity which will benefit both our peoples.”

– Tobias Ellwood, MP

Yesterday (2 August), Tobias met the President and PM of Somalia in his first official visit to the country where an agreement was reached to press ahead swiftly with electoral process and vital security reforms.

Mr. Ellwood also met with members of the British Armed Forces working to support the African Union and UN Missions. The UK is the only EU country to maintain an Embassy in Somalia and has been at the forefront of efforts to improve security and stability in Somalia and the surrounding region.

Tobias Ellwood MP

Due to his parents being posted overseas when his mother gave birth, Tobias Ellwood was born in New York, USA. After growing up in Germany and Austria, he returned to the UK to complete his first degree at Loughborough University where he was elected President of the Students’ Union.

Tobias Ellwood
Tobias Ellwood. Photo: Twitter/Tobias_Ellwood

Tobias was elected as Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East in May 2005, and subsequently re-elected in 2010 and 2015.

He is currently Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with special responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa.

Shortly after being first elected to Parliament in 2005, he was appointed Opposition Whip and two years later became Shadow Minister for Culture Media and Sport.

After the May 2010 General Election, Tobias was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary, the Rt. Hon Liam Fox MP. Similar positions for the Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, and the Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, followed until he was promoted to his current role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in July 2014.


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