Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has canceled his visit to Kenya.
Speaking to reporters, State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed confirmed that the planned visit would be rescheduled at a later date.
Rais was set to tour Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe for a three-day tour. He was set to be the first Iranian President to tour Africa in 11 years.
Following the announcement, critics argued whether the incident would affect the bilateral ties between the two countries. After receiving an official invitation from President William Ruto, the two heads of state were set to discuss key areas on the expansion of trade, energy, agriculture and technology.
The duo was also expected to sign co-operation agreements to seal the trade links with Iran’s delegation which comprised the foreign minister as well as influential business people.
On Monday, July 10, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanani hailed the trip as a turning point for both countries as it would bolster economic ties with African nations.
He also indicated that the harmonious relations between the two countries were a result of common political views. He added Iran’s commitment to step up diplomacy in a bid to offset the impact of sanctions imposed in 2018 owing to the withdrawal of the United States from a nuclear deal.