Kerry, Kenyan President Hold Talks On Al Shabaab Threat
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, discussed on Monday ways to counter the threat from the al Shabaab militant group that killed 148 people at a Kenyan university last month.
Kerry also commemorated the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, in which more than 200 people died, before meeting Kenyatta.
His Kenyan counterpart Amina Mohamed said last month that Nairobi wanted more help with intelligence and security measures from U.S. and European allies to prevent further attacks by the radical Somali movement.
The United States, along with other Western states, already provides training and other support for the security forces.
“We do have the power to fight back, not only with our military and law enforcements, but also with something that may be more powerful and make a bigger difference in the end, and that is our unity,” Kerry said before laying a wreath at site of the former embassy.
“The only place for al Qaeda, al Shabaab, Boko Haram and others is in the past,” he added.
According to Reuters, Kerry met for an hour and a half with Kenyatta at State House, the last 30 minutes without any aides. “It was a good meeting,” he said without giving details.
Kenyatta’s spokesman said on Twitter that security issues and investment and trade were the focus for talks. A planned visit by President Barack Obama to Kenya later this year was also discussed, he said.