Kenya’s Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale Meets U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin to Bolster Security Partnership

Kenya’s Defence Cabinet Secretary, Aden Duale, engaged in crucial talks with United States Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin on Wednesday, marking another milestone in the strengthening of bilateral ties between the two nations. The meeting at the Pentagon, the nerve center of the United States Department of Defence, underscored the significance of their collaboration in addressing shared security concerns.

The discussions centered on the recently signed Defence Cooperation Framework, inked during Secretary Austin’s visit to Kenya in September last year. This framework aims to deepen cooperation between Kenya and the United States in defense technology and innovation, equipping both militaries to tackle evolving security challenges effectively. Spanning from 2023 to 2028, the agreement reinforces the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Secretary Austin expressed gratitude for Kenya’s steadfast commitment and contributions to regional and global security efforts. He particularly commended Kenya’s pivotal role in countering the threat posed by al-Shabab, an extremist group based in neighboring Somalia. The militant group has been responsible for numerous attacks on Kenyan soil, including the devastating assaults on the Westgate shopping mall in 2013, Garissa University College in 2015, and the DusitD2 Hotel complex in 2019.

Highlighting Kenya’s participation in the African Union mission in Somalia, Secretary Austin emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts in fostering stability in the region. He reaffirmed the United States’ dedication to working closely with Kenya to combat terrorism and ensure security and stability in areas such as the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb.

In reciprocation, Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale echoed Secretary Austin’s sentiments, affirming Kenya’s unwavering support for U.S.-led initiatives in the Red Sea and beyond. He underscored the significance of the long-standing partnership between Kenya and the United States, emphasizing its pivotal role in promoting peace and stability in the region.

During his visit, Secretary Duale is scheduled to engage with senior officials, including Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and members of the U.S. National Security Council. Additionally, he will deliver a lecture at the National Defence University in Washington, D.C., further cementing the ties between the two nations.

The meeting between Secretary Duale and Secretary Austin underscores the shared commitment of Kenya and the United States to address regional challenges collaboratively. As both nations continue to work hand in hand, the partnership is poised to play a crucial role in safeguarding peace and security in East Africa and beyond.


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