NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks here Thursday with a visiting delegation of United States senators, led by James Inhofe (Republican-Oklahoma), the current ranking member of US Senate Armed Services Committee as its chairman, Senator John McCain, has been playing a reduced role in the Senate since being diagnosed with brain cancer.
The American senators’ discussions with President Kenyatta revolved around security in the Horn of Africa sub-region and the threats posed by radical terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab and ISIS (Daesh).
President Kenyatta said Kenya and Somalia are working in partnership to contain insecurity in the latter country which is now controlling its own security systems.
Somalia is still very fragile but we continue partnering on matters of security, said President Kenyatta who was joined at the meeting by Deputy President William Ruto and Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Defence Raychelle Omamo.
The other senators in the US delegation were Michael Enzi (Homeland Security Committee), John Boozman and Shelley Mooore Capito (Appropriations Committee). They were accompanied by Tim Walberg of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and the US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec.
The American lawmakers arrived in Kenya from Uganda and will head to Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday and to Ethiopia next week.
President Kenyatta said Kenya had plans to modernize its military and would appreciate any assistance from the US in this regard. He told the US lawmakers that Kenya was enjoying enhanced political goodwill since he started building political bridges with opposition leader Raila Odinga in March.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK