China assures Kenya of support in war against terrorism


China assures Kenya of support in war against terrorism
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2018 summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation . PHOTO/ PSCU

The Chinese Government has assured Kenya of its support in the war against terrorism, following the 14 Riverside Drive terror attack and the recent Al Shabaab raid on a Chinese road construction site in Shimbirey, on the outskirts of Garissa town.

In a message conveyed to Foreign Affairs CS Dr. Monica Juma, Wang Yi, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister, conveyed the country’s condolences and sympathies to the victims and the affected families.

“China firmly opposes all forms of terrorism, and will continue to offer unwavering support to Kenya’s efforts to fight against terrorism and maintain national security,” said Wang Yi.

Earlier on, Dr. Juma held a briefing with foreign diplomats stationed in Nairobi, where she assured them of the government’s commitment to fight terror as she also sought their support on the same.

“While this attack on the Dusit Complex was on the Kenyan territory, it was targeted at the world. The complex hosts a range international establishments and interests,” she said.

The Foreign Affairs CS, who was accompanied by CSs Fred Matiangi (Interior), Najib Balala (Tourism), and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said, more than ever, concerted efforts by the international community were critical to degrading terror groups.

“The attack is a clear reminder that the terrorists’ objective is to change the way of life of other societies is alive. It is a reminder that no country is immune to international terrorism,” the CS told the diplomats.

At least 10 suspects have so far been arraigned in court over the 14 Riverside attack, with police now allowed to detain them for 30 days to complete the investigations.

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