President Kenyatta who is the Commander in Chief of Defence Forces of Kenya made the remarks during the closing ceremony of a joint Kenya Defence Forces and Royal Jordanian Armed Forces training code named ‘Exercise Swift Eagle’ at the Humanitarian Peace Support School, Embakasi.
President Kenyatta noted that Kenya and Jordan military partnership underpins the two countries sharing common interest. Both countries face assault from selfish terrorists and extreme violence whose aim is to rip them apart through faith.
“Terrorism is not by influenced by religious doctrines, but by hatred of those who propagate selfish interests. This is not a fight of our making. It has been brought to us. Shared threats call for shared responses and the two countries must cooperate. I am convinced our forces are ready to deal with conventional and asymmetrical threats whenever they occur,” President was quoted.
Kenya and Jordan host a huge number of refugees and face terror threats and violent extremism, the two countries to forge way forward to tackle the menace jointly.
President Kenyatta said 60 Kenyan troops have been trained in Jordan on specialized techniques and another 35 will be trained by the end of February next year to further bolster military cooperation between the two armies. A senior Jordanian Air Force officer has been attached to the Kenya Air Force for the past five months.
The Jordanian Quick Reaction Force arrived last week for joint counter insurgency operations with KDF.
A total of 229 Quick Reaction Force commandos from the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces have been jointly training with KDF’s 249 Special Forces squad.