Kenya has inaugurated its embassy in Muscat, becoming the 53rd country and fourth sub-Saharan country to open an embassy in the Sultanate of Oman.
Opening the embassy will strengthen bilateral relations including business, academic, culture and political ties. Oman is the only country which is classified as Kiswahili speaking outside of eastern Africa, from the Comoros to Congo, which means Oman has a great affinity to Kenya.
There are many Kenyans working in the Arabian peninsula, with close to 40,000 Kenyans in Saudi Arabia, another 40,000 in the United Arab Emirates and many more in Qatar and Kuwait.
The new embassy will enable Kenya to benefit from petroleum from Oman, which will in return receive fresh foods, tropical fruits, coffee, tea and soda ash.
Oman plans to re-0pen its embassy in Nairobi. The two countries share long-standing historical and cultural ties.
For thousands of years, merchants from the Persian Gulf, the eastern Mediterranean, Arabia and India set up trading posts along the east African coast, shipping gold, animal skins, elephant tusks, rhino horns, ambergris, fruits and salt.