NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Wednesday reaffirmed the country’s
commitment to sustaining peace in the East African region.
for Defence Rachelle Omamo said Nairobi will continue to remain
a key player in matters of security in the region, which has
faced several challenges that range from cross-border tensions,
terrorism, piracy to extremism.
“Looking at recent
trends, no nation can be free from these threats or have the
capacity to single-handedly respond to these hazards,” Omamo
said in Nairobi during the occasion to mark the World
International Day of Peace which was marked by the regional
peacekeeping force, Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF).
The day is observed
annually and is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the
absence of war.
Omamo said when EASF
was established more than 10 years ago, Kenya made a commitment
to joining the other member states as an active player in
contribution of peace and security in the region.
EASF Director Chanfi
Issimail said, for any society to enjoy peace, cohesion and
integration are key elements, adding that sustained peace leads
to sustained development.
“EASF is a
multi-cultural and international organization with the vision of
contributing to regional and continental peace, security,
stability and enhancing regional integration,” the director
Kenyan, U.S. leaders in talks
over refugees, security
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his U.S.
counterpart Barack Obama have discussed the global refugee and
migrant crisis, regional security, and climate change.
A statement from
Kenyatta’s office said Wednesday that Obama called Kenyatta on
Tuesday in the context of the 71st Session of the UN
General Assembly (UNGA) currently underway in New York.
reiterated his commitment to improving the plight of refugees to
the U.S. leader who will host a summit on refugees later this
week,” the statement said.
During the talks,
Obama noted Kenya’s pivotal role in securing peace and stability
in the region, and encouraged Kenyatta to maintain that
Obama that Kenya continues to work toward the safe and dignified
repatriation of refugees from the Dadaab camp in northern Kenya
to Somalia, in accordance with the norms of the international
He urged the U.S.
President to support ongoing efforts to secure Somalia and
create a politically stable environment to which refugees would
feel safe to return.
The statement said
the two leaders also discussed climate change and Kenya’s 2017