(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
Israel and Kenya signed a domestic security pact in Jerusalem Sunday that will
see the two countries cooperate on counter-terrorism, crime fighting and efforts
to curb drug smuggling.
The agreement was signed after seven months of
planning, the Public Security Ministry said.
“I welcome this breakthrough
and hope to see more cooperation between the countries,” Public Security
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said.
Aharonovitch signed the agreement
with his Kenyan counterpart, George Kinuthia Saitoti, as Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman looked on.
The agreement will see the security forces
of Israel and Kenya share technological means to enhance their joint
It comes amid reports of a new push for cooperation between
Israel and African states that feel threatened by radical Islamism.