Kenya reaffirms commitment to regional peace

Added On September 22, 2016

 Kenya on Wednesday reaffirmed the country's commitment to sustaining peace in the East African region.

Cabinet Secretary for Defence Rachelle Omamo said Nairobi will continue to remain a key player in matters of security in the region, which has faced several challenges that range from cross-border tensions, terrorism, piracy to extremism.

"Looking at recent trends, no nation can be free from these threats or have the capacity to single-handedly respond to these hazards," Omamo said in Nairobi during the occasion to mark the World International Day of Peace which was marked by the regional peacekeeping force, Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF).

The day is observed annually and is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war.

Omamo said when EASF was established more than 10 years ago, Kenya made a commitment to joining the other member states as an active player in contribution of peace and security in the region.

EASF Director Chanfi Issimail said, for any society to enjoy peace, cohesion and integration are key elements, adding that sustained peace leads to sustained development.

"EASF is a multi-cultural and international organization with the vision of contributing to regional and continental peace, security, stability and enhancing regional integration," the director remarked.