NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenya Defense Forces and their
Jordanian counterpart have commenced a joint drill in Kenya
aimed at boosting their response to security threats like
terrorism and transnational crimes.
Speaking during the
launch of the joint drill dubbed Exercise Swift Eagle in the
capital Nairobi, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Defense,
Raychelle Omamo, said defense cooperation between Kenya and
Jordan was timely to help boost action on new security
The nine-day military exercise will focus on sharing of
knowledge and skills in combating security challenges.
Omamo said that both Kenya and Jordan had suffered terrorist
attacks and were facing security threats linked to the influx of
refugees from war-torn neighbours.
She added that the joint drill will strengthen their response
to violent extremism and civil strife.
"Collaborative responses must be forged to mitigate common
In this regard, cooperation between Kenyan and Jordanian
forces will enhance sharing of knowledge and skills to contain
these threats," said Omamo.
She revealed that Kenya had signed a defense cooperation pact
with Jordan that focuses on joint training.
Kenya has been facing a threat from Somalia-based Al-Shabaab
militants since its troops entered Somalia in 2011 to battle the
Islamist group as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia.