Uhuru meets US commander, to strengthen military cooperation

President on Tuesday met Gen. Stephen Townsend, Commander of the United States Africa Command.

In the morning meeting, Kenya and US discussed the strengthening of military cooperation between Kenyan and American forces.

Townsend was accompanied to the meeting by Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces Robert Kibochi and US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter.

The United States has a strategic interest in Kenya’s security and stability, and that commitment is reflected in their partnership on regional and global security issues.

The United States has four security assistance objectives in Kenya which are; Professionalize the Kenyan military forces,  increase Kenyan counterterrorism and border security capabilities.

Others are; Increase maritime security awareness; and improve peacekeeping capabilities. 

As a developing partner in East Africa, Kenya is a recipient of significant U.S. foreign assistance.

The United States seeks to advance its national security and economic prosperity interests by helping strengthen economic stability, security, health, education, environment, rule of law, and democratic governance in Kenya, as well as by countering violent extremism and combatting wildlife trafficking.

As part of U.S. global leadership, the United States is supporting Kenya’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic through training and research, equipment, testing, and supporting health, water, sanitation, education, employment, and food security needs.  

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