US Secretary of State Blinken calls for the formation of a regional military force

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Secretary of State Blinken said such joint security efforts had worked well in the Middle East where moderate Arab states opposed to hardliners in Iran and Syria had recently conducted joint military exercises backed by the US and Israel

By The Weekly Vision Online

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on the East African States to form a regional force following twin suicide bomb attacks in Kampala last week. Mr Blinken was on a five-day visit to Africa last week including Kenya from where he said that such a force would react “decisively” in case of any terror attack on either country.

Mr Blinken said the unfortunate suicide bombings in Kampala that claimed six lives and injured 27 others need a joint and concerted response. He said an attack in a neighbouring country should be treated as an attack on the entire region, saying that terror gangs thrive on fear and divisions.

Mr Blinken hailed Kenya as an important US ally in the fight against terrorism but said more needs to be done to stabilize the region

He said such joint security efforts had worked well in the Middle East where moderate Arab states opposed to hardliners in Iran and Syria had recently conducted joint military exercises backed by the US and Israel. Mr Blinken hailed Kenya as an important US ally in the fight against terrorism but said more needs to be done to stabilize the region. “We continue to see atrocities being committed, people suffering, and regardless of what we call it, it needs to stop, there needs to be accountability,” Blinken said.

 Defense Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo said a cease-fire is possible in Addis Ababa but the final decision will come from the Ethiopian people themselves. Blinken said Kenya faces its test of political stability during next year’s elections, this he said would be a litmus test for the region.

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