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India, Kenya agree to expand defence cooperation

The Indian defence ministry emphasised the increasing depth of the India-Kenya defence partnership, noting the shift from training-centric collaboration to encompass more strategic aspects.

Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh (R) with Kenyan cabinet secretary for defence Aden Bare Duale, in New Delhi, India, on August 29, 2023. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

IN a testament to the growing defence partnership between India and Kenya, Goa Shipyard Ltd and Kenya Shipyard Ltd signed a collaborative agreement on Tuesday (29), focusing on joint efforts in ship design and construction.

The move highlights the deepening cooperation in defence between the two nations.

Simultaneously, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh handed over 15 pairs of parachutes, manufactured by Gliders India Ltd, to Kenyan cabinet secretary for defence Aden Bare Duale, enhancing the capabilities of the Kenyan armed forces. The presentation followed extensive discussions between Singh and Duale.

The Indian defence ministry emphasised the increasing depth of the India-Kenya defence partnership, noting the shift from training-centric collaboration to encompass more strategic aspects.

The three-day visit of Duale to India starting Monday (28) marked an opportunity for both sides to deliberate on critical issues. Singh conveyed India’s high regard for its ties with African nations, highlighting the shared interest in bolstering maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. The discussions extended to capacity building, defence industry cooperation and equipment enhancement.

A significant milestone was reached with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Goa Shipyard Ltd and Kenya Shipyard Ltd. The MoU pertains to capacity building and the collaborative pursuit of ship design and construction endeavours. The gesture of friendship continued as Singh presented the parachutes to Duale, showcasing India’s support to Kenya. Additionally, India offered assistance in the establishment of an advanced CT scan facility in the east African nation.

Duale acknowledged the growing capabilities of India’s defence industry, including its private sector. He proposed a ‘training of trainers’ approach, involving instructors from the Indian armed forces, to ensure sustained progress and optimal outcomes for Kenyan forces. The meeting also resulted in agreements for joint training in counterinsurgency and UN peacekeeping realms, reflecting shared concerns about regional security.

The discussions were attended by Indian chief of defence Staff General Anil Chauhan, defence secretary Giridhar Aramane, and senior officials from the defence and external affairs ministries, as well as defence public sector units.

(With agency inputs)

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