U.S. and Kenya Formally Establish Defense Partnership Through Signed Agreement

U.s. And Kenya Formally Establish Defense Partnership Through Signed Agreement

NAIROBI, Kenya – Today, the Cabinet Secretary for Defence Hon. Aden Duale and the United States (US) Secretary for Defence Mr. Lloyd Austin have signed a joint Defence Cooperation Framework between the two countries. This agreement, effective from 2023-2028, aims to enhance interoperability and cooperation in various areas including defence technology and innovation, counter-terrorism and counter-violent extremism, joint training, and maritime security. Its objective is to strengthen the capabilities of both Kenya and the US in addressing evolving security challenges.

During a joint press briefing, Hon. Duale expressed his belief that this Framework will not only improve defence capabilities but also contribute to economic growth through joint ventures and technology sharing. He emphasized the shared commitment to democracy and the desire for a safer and more prosperous world. He also thanked the US Government for their continued support in peacekeeping efforts in different regions around the globe, including in the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes Region, and specifically mentioned the anticipated peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

The US Defence Secretary acknowledged Kenya as a strategic partner, recognizing their efforts in fighting the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. He expressed gratitude for Kenya’s hosting of US Forces at Manda Bay and their commitment to shared security. The signing of this Defence Cooperation Framework further reinforces the importance of the strategic partnership between the two countries. The Defence Secretary also commended Kenya’s leadership and support in tackling security challenges both regionally and globally.

Additionally, Mr. Austin welcomed Kenya’s decision and commitment to promoting peace in Haiti. He assured that the US will provide financial and logistical support to ensure the success of the peace support mission in the country. The signing event was attended by the US Ambassador to Kenya Her Excellency Meg Whitman, Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla, Defence Principal Secretary Patrick Mariru, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, Service Commanders, and other senior military officials from both nations.