US to name Kenya as major non-NATO ally

Ezra Manyibe | 3 weeks ago
US President Joe Biden hosts Kenyan President William Ruto at the White House in Washington D.C on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. |Courtesy| PCS|

US President Joe Biden is expected to designate Kenya as the first Sub-Saharan Africa non-NATO ally during talks with President William Ruto.

A US government official privy to the matter told Reuters that the move would reflect Washington's dedication to strengthening ties with Nairobi.

A non-ally status would mean Kenya would enjoy closer security ties with all the 32 NATO member states including the US. 

NATO is the largest military alliance in the would with member states including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy.

Biden will host President Ruto again on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the Oval Office followed by a joint press conference and State dinner.

The two heads of state are also expected to discuss among others security issues in Haiti, Ukraine, Sudan, and other parts of the world.

With a NATO non-ally status, Kenya is expected to access military equipment from the alliance.

Ahead of the deployment of Kenyan Police Officers to war-torn Haiti, the US government granted Kenya access to Pentagon ammunition, riffles, and armoured cars.

US security agencies also announced that they had prepared a base in Haiti where Kenyan Police would operate from.

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