Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has formalized a five-year Defense Cooperation Agreement aimed at reinforcing bilateral relations and fortifying defense capabilities.
Effective from 2023 to 2028, the agreement underscores the commitment of both nations to global peace and security. Secretary Duale emphasized the agreement’s significance in bolstering military interoperability, enabling both countries to respond effectively to evolving security challenges.
Moreover, it is expected to enhance Kenya’s international peacekeeping efforts, stimulate economic growth through technology sharing, and explore defense technology collaborations.
Secretary Austin expressed the strategic importance of this partnership and lauded Kenya’s leadership in tackling security challenges in the region and around the world, particularly in countering Al-Shabaab. He also announced substantial US support for a potential Kenyan-led multinational security mission in Haiti, highlighting the United States’ dedication to partnering with Kenya in efforts to promote stability and security in the region and beyond.