Kenyan CDF in India to cement bilateral defence ties

New Delhi: With an objective to further cement the already strong bilateral ties between the two countries and the two armed forces, Kenyan Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi on Monday arrived in India, on a four-day official visit.
This is Gen Kibochi’s first overseas visit, after he assumed the command in May earlier this year.
During his week-long visit, the Kenyan Chief of Defence Forces is scheduled to meet Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, the Service Chiefs and senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs here, the Ministry of Defence said.
He will also be visiting Agra, Mhow and Bengaluru.
Incidentally, this is not the first time the CDF is visiting India. As a young officer during 1984-1987, he did his Signal Officers Degree Telecommunications Engineering Course in India, at the Military College of Telecommunications Engineering from Mhow.
His visit comes at a time, when the bilateral relationship between India and Kenya is poised for deeper engagement.
Post visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kenya in 2016 and a reciprocal visit by President Kenyatta in 2017, the relationship has grown from strength to strength.
Ongoing areas of defence cooperation include capacity and capability building, counter-terrorism, UN Peace Keeping Operations, Medical Healthcare and Cyber security, said the Ministry.
Considering that India and Kenya are mature democracies and have professional Armed Forces, there is a lot of convergence of thought between the two nations, it added.
The General Officer will depart on November 7.