By Samuel Ouma
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday held talks with Gen. Stephen Townsend , Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM).
The meeting took place in the State House in Nairobi, and the duo discussed military cooperation between Kenyan and American forces.
During the meeting, Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces, Robert Kibochi, and the US ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter, were also present.
The meeting came a few weeks after the outgoing US President Donald Trump ordered 700 American troops to leave Somalia latest January 15 next week.
However, the AFRICOM said it would continue to support peace restoration in Somalia.
Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the United Nations Security Council’s approval, has made significant progress in flushing Al-Shabaab rebels who had taken the country hostage.
AMISOM was founded in 2007. It is composed of troops drawn from Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
It is headed by the AMISOM Force Commander, Lieutenant Gen. Jim Beesigye Owoyesigire.