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Kenya, Australia to cooperate in war on terror

23 July 2014, 17:30

Nairobi - Australia has vowed to assist Kenya in the fight against terror, an Australian envoy said on Wednesday.

High Commissioner to Kenya Geoff Tooth told Xinhua that Australia is helping the East African nation to upgrade its expertise in forensic, immigration and security sectors.

"It is in the mutual interest of both nations to ensure that terror networks are defeated," Tooth said during a tour of projects funded by Australia in Nanyuki, about 200 km north of Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Kenya has suffered a wave of terror attacks since its military incursion in Somalia in 2011.

He noted that Australia is also providing training for Kenya's national security agencies.

Australia is supporting African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) quest to neutralize the threat of Al-Shabaab in the region.

The envoy noted that his nation is also helping in the establishment of the East African Standby Force. The Force is envisaged to be stabilizing force in the region. The east African coastline has also been under the threat of piracy.

"We are also cooperating in order to ensure that piracy does not disrupt maritime transport," he said.

In 2013, Kenya experience one of its worst terror attacks when gunman attacked an upscale Nairobi mall that led to the death of at least 60 people.

"We lost an Australian in the incident and so it also in our interest to secure the region," he said.

Australia is among the nations that have issued travel advisories on some parts of Kenya. "The alerts are only restricted to parts of the coastal region," he said.

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