New British High Commissioner to Kenya presents credentials to President Kenyatta at State House

Jane Marriott with Uhuru Kenyatta
Jane Marriott presents her credentials to President Kenyatta. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

New British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott, yesterday presented her credentials to the President, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.

Ms Marriott , the first female UK High Commissioner to Kenya, said she was delighted to be one of the 11 envoys, who were presenting their credentials at the ceremony.

Jane Marriott, Susie Kitchens and Julius Court
Julius Court, Susie Kitchens and the Defence Attaché joined Jane Marriott as she presented her credentials to President Kenyatta. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

She was accompanied by her Deputy Susie Kitchens, Department for International Development Kenya Head Julius Court and the High Commission’s Defence Attaché.

Jane Marriott and Uhuru Kenyatta
President Kenyatta shakes hands with the Defence Attaché watched by new UK High Commissioner Jane Marriott, Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens and DfID Kenya Head Julius Court. Photo: Twitter/StateHouseKenya

A letter of credence (from the French Lettre de créance) is a formal diplomatic letter that appoints a diplomat as ambassador to another sovereign state. Commonly known as diplomatic credentials, the letter is addressed from one head of state to another, asking him to give credence to whatever the ambassador may say on his country’s behalf. The letter is presented personally by the ambassador to the receiving head of state in a formal ceremony, marking the beginning of the ambassadorship.

Jane Marriott presents credentials in Kenya
Jane Marriott with the other diplomats who presented their credentials to President Kenyatta. Photo: Twitter/StateHouseKenya

Jane Marriott’s speech delivered during the presentation of her credentials to the President of the Republic of Kenya

Your Excellency,

I have the honour to present the warmest compliments and greetings from Her Majesty the Queen, Prime Minister Johnson and the people of the United Kingdom to you personally and through you to the people of Kenya. This country holds a very special place in the heart of Her Majesty and in those of Her family and so many of Her subjects in the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom’s relationship with Kenya is a strategic one, based on deep respect, partnership and mutual interest. We must live with, and honour, our shared history, and the pains and joys that it has brought. And we also recognise that these experiences have resulted in deep connections between our peoples, our Governments and our businesses. Our present and our future are intertwined.

We stand today as two vibrant and modern countries, crucial to the success of our respective regions and with important roles in the Commonwealth and in supporting the rules-based international system. We are each safer and more prosperous when the other is so.

The United Kingdom is, therefore, deeply committed to supporting your agenda on The Big Four – affordable housing, food security, manufacturing and universal healthcare. The Africa Investment Summit in 2020 provides further impetus to support this agenda and in helping you deliver a dynamic business environment that welcomes international trade and investment.

I hope also, as High Commissioner, to work with Your Excellency and Your government to deliver a strengthened strategic partnership between our countries: a boost to our economic partnership following the UK’s departure from the European Union, our strengthened and mutually beneficial security and defence partnership, including in the fight against Al Shabaab, and a climate partnership to tackle the generational challenge of our time, where Kenya can lead the way. I would also like to pay our respects to the continued commitment and sacrifice of your security and defence forces and society leaders who fight against extremism and terrorism.

I have the honour to present to Your Excellency the Letter of Recall of my Predecessor and my Credentials by which Her Majesty the Queen has appointed me to be the next High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to the Republic of Kenya.

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