KENYA, BRITAIN TO SCALE UP COOPERATION IN WAR AGAINST TERRORISM

Kenya and Britain are set to scale up their cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Speaking Friday during a meeting at State House, Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta and British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond agreed on the need for the two countries to share counter-radicalization strategies as a move to curb terrorism.

At the meeting that centered on Kenya and UK’s cooperation in defence, security and commercial partnership, President Kenyatta said a consolidated approach in the fight against terrorism was key to ending the scourge.

The British Foreign Secretary said the British Government is keen to take its bilateral relations with Kenya to a new level of cooperation for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

He disclosed his Government’s plans to enhance its cooperation with Kenya, singling out defense and energy generation as priority areas for the partnership.

“We would like to see our defense cooperation moving forward and have annual joint military trainings,” Hammond said.

On energy, Hammond, who was accompanied by British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey, said British companies have a strong appetite to invest in the generation of renewable energy in Kenya.

“Kenya has a huge potential for generation of renewable energy. With the right investment, Kenya could become a net exporter of energy,” Hammond said.

Last month Kenya signed a pact with Britain that gave Kenyan companies access to Ksh 36 billion of the UK Export Finance (UKEF) funding. The signed MoU also promotes opportunities for UK private sector trade and investment in Kenya’s renewable energy sector.

President Kenyatta welcomed the injection of capital in the generation of renewable energy in the country by British companies, saying the cooperation should be extended to private public partnership for rapid results.

President Kenyatta and the British Foreign Secretary also discussed the situation in Somalia where the President called for increased international support to stabilize the Horn of African nation that has not known peace for over two decades.

The Head of State said Kenya will not feel safe until peace and stability is restored in Somalia.

“More resources are required to crush the Al Shabaab and strengthen the Somali National Army before the AMISOM troops can withdraw,” President Kenyatta said.

Hammond commended Kenya for its efforts to restore peace in Somalia and assured of his Government’s support in the Somali peace process.

On the protests by CORD, the British Foreign Secretary termed the demonstrations by the opposition as a political game and he urged the Government not agree to be provoked into violent action.

The Foreign Secretary said his visit to Kenya is a precursor to British Prime Minister David Cameroon’s visit whose plans are in top gear.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and Joseph Nkaissery (Interior and Coordination of National Government) among other senior Government officials

Source: Nam News Network