Govt pledges to work with UN in fighting terrorism
25 October 2013, 19:13
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday said his government will work closely with the UN to fight global terrorism after the recent attack on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.
Kenyatta, who met visiting UN deputy secretary general Jan Eliasson in Nairobi, said such close working relationship with the UN and other partners in the fight against international terror groups will ensure sustainable peace in the East African region.
"We want to assure the UN that we are working to ensure that Kenya is safe for all who live in it and their families. We have increased visible security and will remain vigilant," he said.
Kenyatta's remark comes after four terrorists stormed Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21 and opened fire on the shoppers. Already, the authorities are questioning eight key suspects in connection with the terrorist attack.
Kenyatta said his government will use all means at its disposal to defend citizens from both internal and external aggression.
He also assured the United Nations that the government will provide adequate security to the UN Nairobi-based offices and other strategic installations across the country.
Speaking during the meeting, the UN deputy secretary general praised the Kenya government for its pivotal role in fostering peace in the region.
Eliasson said the UN recognizes Kenya's role in the stabilization of Somalia.
He pledged continued support to Kenya efforts in brokering peace in the region, especially in the troubled Horn of Africa and DR Congo.
"I will push for more UN recognition of Kenya's frontline role in the fight against international terrorism. We will also support initiatives by the Kenya government for sustainable peace in the East Africa region," the UN deputy chief said.