The EU has gone a step further in deepening its relationship with Africa by establishing its second largest embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

EU High Representative Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, who met Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma after unveiling the embassy, said the move was an acknowledgement of Kenya’s vital role as a regional hub.

“We see Kenya as not only a gateway to the region and to Africa but also as an important hub. I was pleased to inaugurate our new EU embassy here in Nairobi. Our investments both economically, and politically, in terms of security cooperation is key for the European Union and we value Kenya’s partnership enormously,” Mogherini said.

The two diplomats discussed cooperation in the areas of regional security, trade, and the blue economy. Mogherini who visited Mogadishu Monday said the EU was committed to the realization of stability in the horn of Africa.