Israel, Kenya sign anti-terror, anti-crime pact

Two countries will cooperate on counter-terrorism, fighting crime and drugs smuggling; agreement signed after 7 months of planning.

November 21, 2011 04:44
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.

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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.

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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 efforts.

It comes amid reports of a new push for cooperation between Israel and African states that feel threatened by radical Islamism.

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