Kenya and United Kingdom Agree to Share Strategic Defence Priorities

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Kenya and the United Kingdom have agreed on joint steps towards the fight against extremist organizations and countering terrorism.
In a document signed by Dr. Monica Juma, Kenya’s Defence Cabinet Secretary and Right Honourable Ben Wallace, United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence, the two countries agreed to work together to address the multiple threats to peace and security.

The ministers agreed to facilitate deep dialogue on Somalia and to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)’s transition plans to hand over security responsibility to the Federal Government of Somalia in the future as well as promoting the Women, Peace and Security agenda and peace support operations.
“Our meeting reviewed the state of our defence relations, agreed to open up new areas of cooperation and to strengthen our collaboration on regional and international peace and security,” said Dr. Juma.
On his part, Rt. Hon Wallace added: “The UK has a crucial, long-standing defence relationship with Kenya and we support their work to promote peace and stability across East Africa. Agreeing to five-year strategic priorities allows us to focus our efforts on the fight against terrorism and agree on future security support.”

The Strategic Partnership aims, amongst other things, to guide the UK – Kenya Defence Partnership over the next five years to respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time including maintaining security and stability by tackling global terrorism, violent extremism and international organised crime.

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