The Cabinet Secretary for Defence Hon. Aden Duale today hosted a delegation of Senators from the United States (US) led by Hon. Markwayne Mullin and the US Ambassador to Kenya Her Excellency Ms. Meg Whitman for a meeting at the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi.
The meeting was subsequent to a recent visit by the US Secretary for Defense Mr Lloyd Austin III where the two countries signed a framework for Defence Cooperation for the period 2023-2028 for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
The CS noted that the US remains an important and strategic partner to Kenya and the cooperation between the countries continues to broaden to address emerging security challenges.
He also observed that the two countries continue to partner in the field of intelligence sharing, maritime security, joint training and military assistance through Excess Defence Articles (EDA).
Hon. Duale informed the delegation that Kenya is increasingly playing a leadership role in pursuit of regional peace and security in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region. This he said is evident by the active role in peace efforts in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Further, the two countries continue to interact through national Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) and biennial ministerial Bilateral Defence Forum (BDF).
“The current global security landscape provides common security challenges which calls for shared solutions. We therefore look forward to cementing our partnership and collaboration by leveraging on our strengths for the mutual benefit of our two countries,” said the CS.
During the discussions, the CS was accompanied by the Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla, Defence Principal Secretary Mr. Patrick Mariru and the Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Operations Doctrine and Training (ACDF OPD&T) Major General Fred Leuria.