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Secretary Kerry on Africa-Mideast counterterror tour

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by Joseph Earnest August 22, 2016


Newscast Media NAIROBIUS Secretary of State John Kerry met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Monday. The two discussed regional security and terrorism before Kerry met with the foreign ministers of Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

The US said that it will help finance next year’s general elections in Kenya to ensure that everything runs smoothly .

"We are investing over 25 million dollars this year in order to support your electoral process coming into next year, what that means is we want to strengthen your election operations," said Kerry in a post-meeting press conference.

The US also announced $138 million in new aid to South Sudan to help in the provision of basic needs and has promised continued engagement with the country in an attempt to end the continuing conflict. Foreign Ministers from Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda agreed to move forward with the deployment of a regional protection force authorized by the UN Security Council to bring peace in South Sudan.

"This is not an intervention force, this is a protection force. Warring parties have terrorized and abused non-combatants," said Kerry.

South Sudan is struggling to emerge from a two-and-a-half year civil war pitting President Salva Kiir against his former Vice President Riek Machar.

Machar fled the capital Juba in July 2016 and his whereabouts remain a mystery, fuelling political uncertainty. Earlier this month, the UN Security Council voted to send 4,000 additional peacekeepers to South Sudan with a strengthened mandate to provide security.  Add Comments>> 


 Source: Press TV












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