Nic Hailey becomes the new British High Commissioner to Kenya

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Nic Hailey becomes British High Commissioner to Kenya
Nic Hailey becomes British High Commissioner to Kenya. Photo: PSCU

Nic Hailey, the new British High Commissioner to Kenya, has officially taken office today (8 December 2015) after presenting his credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi.

Nic Hailey with Uhuru Kenyatta
New British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi. Photo: PSCU

After passing on the compliments of both the Queen and Prime Minister Cameron to the President and the Kenyan people, the High Commissioner reiterated that the United Kingdom’s relationship with Kenya was one of deep respect and mutual interest.

In his statement to the President, the High Commissioner said:

“We stand today as two vibrant and modern countries, crucial to the success of our respective regions. We are each safer and more prosperous when the other is so.”

– Nic Hailey, British High Commissioner to Kenya

The High Commissioner, who takes over from Doctor Christian Turner, underlined the heightened value of Britain and Kenya’s strong and enduring relationship.

He paid particular emphasis to Britain’s commitment to further grow the commercial and development partnerships between the two countries to tackle poverty and to improve education and health in Kenya.

Nic Hailey at State House
Nic Hailey becomes British High Commissioner to Kenya. Photo: PSCU

The High Commissioner also pledged increased British support to Kenyan efforts to tackle regional security and environmental issues affecting the interests of both countries.

“I hope also as High Commissioner to work with Your Excellency and Your government to support the integration and development of this crucial region; to build together greater security in Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes; and to tackle the global challenges of the 21st century, from climate change to the spread of violent extremism. We face these challenges as close partners, and as committed and engaged members of the Commonwealth and the international community of nations.”

– Nic Hailey, British High Commissioner to Kenya

Nic Hailey at State House, Nairobi
Nic Hailey becomes the new British High Commissioner for Kenya. Photo: PSCU

We would like to welcome our new High Commissioner to Kenya and wish him success in his new position. We also hope that he enjoys this appointment as much as his predecessor.

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