Kenya, Nigeria Agree to Joint Terror Fight

drug sans-serif; color: #222222; border: 1pt none windowtext; padding: 0in;”>Speaking during a State banquet hosted for him and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at State House, order Abuja, President Kenyatta said Kenya is at the forefront in the global war on terrorism and will stand firmly in solidarity with Nigeria in fighting the scourge.

“The fluid nature of terror networks requires that we work together, to ensure that there is no hiding place for those who plot to kill and maim innocent men, women and children,” President Kenyatta said.

Noting that Kenya and Nigeria play a leading role in peaceful resolution of conflicts and preventive diplomacy in the continent, the President said the two countries will also scale up their cooperation in addressing their respective security challenges.

“Our common goal and aspiration for Africa as a continent at peace with itself and the world is the focal point that enables us to coordinate our efforts in order to attain greater prosperity, peace and security in our regions and the continent,” President Kenyatta said.

The President congratulated Nigeria on its election to the two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2014-2015 and encourage it to use its membership to give voice to African deliberations.


He said Kenya greatly values Nigeria’s hand of friendship and cooperation, saying the two countries share common interests in Africa and the world at large.

“Together, we will continue to create opportunities for sustainable development and to promote peace and prosperity. I look forward to working closely with you to further strengthen our relations and cooperation in the Africa Union and also at the United Nations,” President Kenyatta said.

To achieve the common goals of economic and social development, President Kenyatta said Kenya will continue to seek closer ties with Nigeria in various sectors for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.

He observed that his visit to Nigeria underscores Kenya’s desire to deepen its relations and comes at a time when the continent, through the African Union, has made a deliberate policy shift to embrace intra-African trade as the engine that will drive the continent’s sustainable development.

“I am pleased, therefore, to note that our two countries are now engaged more closely than ever in strategic discussions to tighten the ties that already bind us, especially in agriculture, oil and gas, tourism, and manufacturing,” President Kenyatta said.

On his part, President Jonathan said Kenya and Nigeria must move quickly to set up the necessary implementation mechanisms for all the agreements that have been signed.

The Nigerian President said the two countries must leverage on their comparative advantage in their respective regions for the benefit of their people.

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