Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale hosted the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic HE. Prof. Petr Fiala for bilateral talks, at the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi.
The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest in strategic cooperation and bilateral defence partnership between the two countries. Hon. Duale acknowledged that Kenya and the Czech Republic enjoy a strong bond of friendship and are strategic partners in a number of sectors.
He highlighted that the draft Kenya-Czech Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) that was discussed and agreed upon by the two parties now awaits Cabinet approval before being ratified by the National Assembly.
Once ratified, the DCA shall enable the two countries to collaborate in the fields of Research and Development, Military Medical Services, Counter-Terrorism, Training, Defence Industry, and Military Sports, among others.
The CS acknowledged the immense support of the Czech Armed Forces to the Kenya Defence Forces in training the Long-Range Surveillance (LRS) of Kenya’s Special Forces since 2009 at Kamanga.
During the engagement, Counter Violent Extremism, Cyber Security, Space Sector and Intelligence Sharing, were highlighted as possible areas for future partnerships.
Present were the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Francis Ogolla, Principal Secretary for Defence Mr. Patrick Mariru, Vice CDF Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi and Service Commanders.
Others present included the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Kenya HE Ms. Nicol Adamcova, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Personnel and Logistics (ACDF P&L) Major General David Keter, ACDF in charge of Operations Doctrine and Training (OPD&T) Major General Fred Leuria, Managing Director of Defence National Security Industries Major General Bernard Waliaula, among others.