Kenya and Britain on Monday signed a new security deal in order to boost defense ties.
Fred Matiang’i, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government said in Nairobi that the refreshed security compact seeks to provide renewed impetus and strategic direction for addressing shared security challenges together.
“This security compact will see both countries strengthen their capacity to respond to various facets of global security challenges in a more formidable manner. I look forward to working closely with the U.K. in achieving this goal,” Matiang’i told a joint news conference in Nairobi.
The signing of the compact was done under the third UK-Kenya Security Dialogue.
In 2015, the two governments signed the first UK-Kenya security compact, in a bid to strengthen the security partnership in pursuit of the mutual goal of a more stable, prosperous Kenya.
Matiangi observed that the two countries are keen on enhancing coordination and collaboration in tackling the Somali-based al-Shabab, and demonstrating joint leadership on security challenges of international significance — notably instability in the Horn of Africa.
He said Kenya has been on the forefront of the global war against terror, and it is partnerships like these that make a difference, and the world a safer place to be in.
“This Security Compact will see both countries strengthen their capacity to respond to various facets of global security challenges in a more formidable manner. I look forward to working closely with the UK in achieving this goal,” said Matiang’i.
Ben Wallace, visiting British Secretary of State for Defense, said that Kenya has long been the European nation’s closest partner in East Africa.
“There are over 200 UK armed forces personnel based here and in a more uncertain world the U.K. is determined to invest further in our bilateral ties,” Wallace added.
“Our nations are facing shared threats, from violent extremism to organized crime. The security agreement we have signed today will allow us to further deepen our relationship and tackle regional defense issues as ever closer partners,” he revealed.
Wallace noted that the evolution of the agreement is a testament to the responsiveness of the bilateral partnership, which has adapted to the changing nature of threats, in East Africa and the wider world. Enditem