US Lauds Kenya Peacekeeping Efforts Across The Continent

    The United States government has praised Kenya’s peacekeeping operations across the continent, describing the East African country as a regional anchor.

    In a meeting with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, General Michael E. Langley, Combatant Commander for the United States Africa Command, stated that it was admirable that Kenya, as an anchor country in the region, was participating in the numerous ongoing peace efforts across the continent.

    “The relationship between the United States of America and Kenya is steeped in years of trust and we applaud Kenya for being the leader in the region,” General Langley said.

    Deputy President Gachagua also thanked the US government for the support it has given Kenya over the years.

    “We are pleased with the support the US government has given the Kenyan government so far,” he said. “We want this support to continue as we strive to stabilize the region.”

    Kenya is involved in various peacekeeping efforts, including the recent deployment of Kenyan troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of an East African Community regional force fighting rebels.

    The other is Kenya’s participation in peace efforts in Ethiopia and Somalia through retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua also asked the US government for more assistance in promoting peace in the DRC by putting pressure on conflict actors to agree to a peace process.

    “We need all the help in finding a sustainable solution for the DRC,” Deputy President Gachagua said.

    He reiterated Kenya’s need to engage as many partners as possible as the government continues to seek sustainable solutions to challenges facing the population.

    “We will talk to everyone who means well for our country and our people,” he said.

    General Langley also commended Kenya for holding a peaceful and credible election.

    “The open and free election was a shining example of how democracy works,” General Langley said.

    Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale, American Ambassador Margaret Whitman, National Security Advisor Monica Juma, and AFRICOM Foreign Advisor Philip Nelson were also present at the meeting.

    During the meeting at Harambee House Annex, other representatives from Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the American Embassy, and the Kenya Defense Forces were also present.