Xi extends condolences to Kenyan President Kibaki's family

Xi extends condolences to Kenyan President Kibaki's family

The children of former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Judy Kibaki and son Jimmi Kibaki right stand next to the flag drapped coffin of former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki as he lies in state during the memorial service at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on April 29, 2022. TONY KARUMBA AFP President Xi Jinping has sent a message of condolence to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, mourning the death of the African country's former president Mwai Kibaki and extending his sincere sympathy to Kibaki's family.

According to a media statement released on Sunday, Xi praised Kibaki as an outstanding leader of Kenya and an old friend of the Chinese people who made important contributions to the promotion of China-Kenya ties.

China attaches great importance to developing ties with Kenya and stands ready to work with it to advance the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations to make new achievements for both countries and their people, Xi said.

Kibaki, 90, was Kenya's third president, serving from December 2002 to April 2013.

He died on April 22.

On Friday, Kenyans paid their last respects to Kibaki at a state funeral service attended by African leaders.