NAIROBI, Kenya – Today, Hon. Aden Duale, the Cabinet Secretary for Defence, and Mr. Lloyd Austin, the United States (US) Secretary for Defence, have signed a joint Defence Cooperation Framework. This framework aims to enhance interoperability between Kenya and the US in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
The Framework, which will be effective from 2023 to 2028, will expand cooperation between Kenya and the US in areas such as defence technology and innovation, counter-terrorism and counter-violent extremism, joint training, and maritime security. This collaboration will enable both countries’ militaries to effectively respond to evolving security challenges.
During the joint press briefing, Hon. Duale expressed his belief that the framework will not only enhance 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.
Hon. Duale also acknowledged Kenya’s strong contribution to international peacekeeping efforts over the years and thanked the US Government for their continued support. He mentioned Kenya’s readiness to take on a key leadership role in bringing peace to Haiti, pending completion of all legal requirements, while ensuring the protection of the human rights of civilians.
The US Defence Secretary, in turn, recognized Kenya as a strategic partner and credited Kenya’s efforts in combating Al-Shabaab, which have yielded significant results in suppressing the terror group.
In addition, Mr. Austin welcomed Kenya’s commitment to finding peace in Haiti and assured financial and logistical support from the US to make the peace support mission a success.
The signing ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Meg Whitman, the US Ambassador to Kenya, General Francis Ogolla, Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces, Patrick Mariru, Defence Principal Secretary, Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, Vice Chief of Defence Forces, and other senior military officials from both countries.