Nairobi September 26, 2023 (SD) – The United States and Kenya have signed a defense cooperation agreement in Nairobi to enhance security in the East Africa region and support Kenya’s efforts to lead peacekeeping operations in Haiti.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Kenyan Defense Minister Adan Barre Duale signed the agreement, which is set to last for five years.
Secretary Austin thanked Kenya, praising its commitment to regional and global peace and acknowledging its role in maintaining security in the region. He also commended Kenya’s leadership in international peacekeeping efforts, particularly in assisting the international community’s mission to restore stability in Haiti.
Austin, who recently participated in a high-level meeting in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, stated that the United States and Kenya would work together with the U.S. Congress to provide up to $100 million in support of Haiti’s security efforts. During his address, Austin discussed regional matters, including the threat posed by al-Shabaab, emphasizing the United States’ commitment to strengthening its partnership with Kenya in countering the al-Shabaab group.
While in Djibouti, Austin praised the efforts of Somali forces and the progress made in the fight against al-Shabaab. However, he emphasized the ongoing need to weaken the terrorist group’s capabilities, which continue to pose a threat to the region and benefit from areas outside of government control.
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