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Kenya: Counter-terrorism

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 20409, tabled on 22 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government is giving the Kenyan Government any military assistance to help defeat terrorism in areas of that country.

Answered on

29 June 2021

Kenya is our strategic partner in East Africa and at the heart of our plans for the region. Kenya is a partner which shares the same concerns and aspirations we do regarding regional stability and security. We are committed to cooperation on tackling shared threats such as terrorism and violent extremism.

The UK provides support to the Kenyan Government in work to counter terrorism, this is through both counter-terrorism capacity building for its forces and through liaison officers in its regional hub of the FCDO/CONTEST Unit Counter Terrorism and Extremist Network in Nairobi.

We actively contribute to action against al Shabaab, the Al-Qaida linked terrorist group that poses a direct threat to UK interests and regional stability. We work jointly with Kenya to make it increasingly difficult for al Shabaab to operate.