NAIROBI, Kenya June 28 – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Saturday pledged support to the Kenyan government in the fight against terrorism following increased threats posed by Al Shabaab.
He said the UN will work closely with the Kenyan government in restoring security in the country by fighting global terrorism.
“We have exchanged at length with the President about how the UN and the Kenyan government can work together in countering these heinous and terrorist attacks against the country and the people of Kenya,” Ban said at State House, Nairobi during a joint press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“UN is determined to work together with the Kenyan government and other African countries which are suffering from international terrorism in enhancing their capacity of fighting terrorism,” he said.
Kenya is facing a major challenge of insecurity from Al Shabaab militants who have vowed revenge attacks over the continued stay of military forces in their law-less country.
“It is my hope under the leadership of President Kenyatta that Kenya will prosper with peace, harmony and security,” he said, after holding what he described as “very good discussions on major political and security issues concerning counter terrorism in Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region.”
Ban has been in the country since Friday when he officiated the closing of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), held at the UN headquarters in Nairobi.
For the past two years, Kenya has faced numerous terror attacks from the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab, leaving hundreds of people dead in various attacks.
Several European nations, including the US and Britain have issued advisories warning their citizens against travelling to Kenya or exercise caution while in target areas of the coast, Nairobi and other border towns near Somalia.