NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29 – China has assured that it will support Kenya in fighting the Al Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia which has posed a major security challenge in the region.
The announcement was made at the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi on Thursday during celebrations to mark the 89th anniversary of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
“Participating in regional and global security cooperation, maintaining regional and world peace is one of the strategic missions undertaken by Chinese Armed Forces,” Chinese Defence attaché Qiu Yi said.
Leaders of both countries have often assured of their commitment in strengthening ties for cooperation in various sectors-including infrastructure, trade, security among others.
The celebrations were officiated by Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr Liu Xianfa and attended by dignitaries from various sectors.
Kenya’s Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo, who was represented at the celebrations by an administrator at the ministry Janet Mugo, said the two countries will also partner on intelligence sharing to combat terrorism which is now a global challenge.
“Military cooperation in intelligence sharing, training and provision of specialized equipment could enhance Kenya’s capacity to address the problem of terrorism,” the CS said.
“As a country Kenya appreciates support of Chinese government towards the war against Al Shabaab inside Somalia. This is a fight against global terrorism and I request for more support to enable the elimination of the Al Shabaab threat.”
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is the armed forces of the Communist Party of China and the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China. It is estimated to be the world’s largest military force with well over 2.2 million personnel.