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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [right] and King Abdullah II of Jordan view a joint military training exercise between Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Royal Jordanian Armed Forces at the Embakasi Garrison in Nairobi. King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Kenya on Monday for a visit focusing on security issues. XINHUA PHOTOS - CHARLES ONYANGO
Kenya armed forces and Jordan vow to forge stronger military ties

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 achieved."

"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 issues 

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived in Nairobi on Monday for a state visit aimed at boosting trade and strengthening security cooperation.

“Jordan and 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.

Esipisu said that Kenyatta invited the Jordan leader in January when they discussed international efforts to confront terrorism and extremism.

“This visit will renew and strengthen that relationship,” added the Esipisu.



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