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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Kenya reaffirms commitment to regional peace 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday reaffirmed the country’s commitment to sustaining peace in the East African region.

Cabinet Secretary 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 remarked.

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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.

“President Kenyatta 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 leadership role.

Kenyatta assured 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 community.

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 elections.

           

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