World Bulletin / News Desk
Russia has offered to train Kenyan police officers on fighting terrorism and bolster their capacity to deal with the vice that caused the death of more than 150 people in the past ten months.
"Russia will initially provide 25 scholarships for the police officers but would increase the number depending on the demand," Russia's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Gennady Gatilov said following a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, the Presidency said in a press release.
"Russia has also suffered terror attacks and this gave us the impetus to scale up our expertise and technological capacity to deal with the evil," he added.
Gatilov said Russia has not changed its stand on the International Criminal Court (ICC) "and firmly believed in local solutions to [the] country's specific problems".
Kenyatta is facing trial at the ICC on five counts of crimes against humanity.
Gatilov praised President Kenyatta for playing a pivotal part in promoting regional peace in Somalia and South Sudan.
Kenyatta, for his part, welcomed Russia's support, which he said will go toward combating terrorism in Kenya.
"Your support in our fight against terrorism is not only a show of true mutual partnership but also a sign of confidence in our country," he said.
As a global problem, Kenyatta said, terrorists were increasingly becoming sophisticated and countries have to cooperate and pool resources to curbing it.
He went on to say that so long as Somalia remains unstable, nations in East Africa and Horn of Africa regions will remain unsafe.
Turning to trade, Gatilov emphasized the need for Kenya and Russia to work together to increase business between the two countries.
He urged the Kenyan envoy in Russia to organize roundtable meetings in Moscow to highlight the investment opportunities in Kenya that Russian investors could explore.
Kenyatta, meanwhile, assured the Russian official that said Kenya will fast-track conclusion of key trade agreements – including the Protection of Businesses and Avoidance of Double Taxation – to facilitate trade with Russia.
Gatilov's visit to Kenya comes a week after a visit by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to the East African country.Last Mod: 26 Haziran 2014, 10:15