NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting King Abdullah II of
Jordan vowed on Monday to forge stronger military ties to combat emerging
security threats between the two countries.
The two leaders, who
witnessed the joint military exercise conducted by elite units from the Kenya
Defence Forces and the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces in Nairobi, pledged to
cooperate on security issues to deal with terrorism threats.
Speaking during the event, Kenyatta said the joint exercise is aimed at
creating and improving interoperability between Kenyan and Jordanian forces.
"I am convinced that now our forces are ready for real problems in either of
our countries, or elsewhere, should the need arise to tackle either conventional
or asymmetric threats," he said.
Kenyatta lauded Jordan for its military cooperation with Kenya that has seen
more than 60 Kenya Air Force officers trained by the Jordanian military. Another
38 will have trained by February next year.
King Abdullah II, who is on his first official visit to Kenya, said Jordan
stands shoulder to shoulder with Kenya in confronting the threats of terrorism.
He said the aim of the joint military exercise is "to achieve greater
coordination between Kenyan and Jordanian forces, an aim that has been
"We have started a new chapter in our partnership of friendship. It is a new
beginning for Kenya and Jordan," he said.
Kenya has been subjected to successive explosive attacks by Al-Shabaab
operatives in the country following the onslaught by Kenyan soldiers on the
militant group in Somalia since 2011.
Jordan king in Kenya to discuss trade, security
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- King
Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Nairobi on Monday for a state visit aimed at
boosting trade and strengthening security cooperation.
Kenya are partners of long standing, and during his time here, President
Kenyatta and His Majesty will focus their attention on discussions regarding
security and counter-terrorism. They will also witness joint military
exercises,” said State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu.
that Kenyatta invited the Jordan leader in January when they discussed
international efforts to confront terrorism and extremism.
will renew and strengthen that relationship,” added the Esipisu.