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Kenya gets Jordanian assistance in counter-terrorism efforts


Kenya has gotten support from Jordan for its counter terrorism activities. Fighter pilots of the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) are to receive training from Jordan.

This was disclosed during a visit to Kenya by the Jordanian leader, King Abdallah II Ibn Hussein. He was received by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport on Monday for a one-day official visit expected to be focused largely on issues of security and terrorism.

“Jordan and Kenya are partners of long standing, and during his time here, President Kenyatta and His Majesty will focus their attention on discussions regarding security and counter-terrorism. They will also witness joint military exercises,” said a spokesperson of the Kenyan government.

After talks between the two leaders, they witnessed a joint military training exercise between KDF and Royal Jordanian Armed Forces.

“Our cooperation is underpinned by our common interests. Together we must fight against emerging security threats,” the president tweeted.

Jordan's King Abdullah II pledges more support for KDF; says Jordan to train Kenya's fighter pilots. #KingAbdullah pic.twitter.com/lsujHQh02Q

— David Mbewa (@MbewaDavid) September 26, 2016

With His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan when we witnessed a joint military training exercise between KDF & Royal Jordanian Armed Forces. pic.twitter.com/p7gFvOT0sJ

— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) September 26, 2016

Kenya continues to battle terrorism in recent years especially along the restive border of its north east where al shabaab militants have executed several attacks including the Garissa University and West Gate mall attacks.

Last August, Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces met with King Abdullah’s Military Adviser and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-staff General for bilateral talks on military cooperation between the two countries.

A deal was subsequently signed providing for the two country’s military cooperation and counter-terrorism. Aside security, issues of trade is expected to be raised.

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