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Cablegate: Michuki Lauds Visit to U.S., Releases Joint

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SUBJECT: MICHUKI LAUDS VISIT TO U.S., RELEASES JOINT
STATEMENT WITH EMBASSY

REF: NAIROBI 1748

1. (SBU) On Thursday May 3, Minister of State for
Provincial Administration and Internal Security John
Michuki called Ambassador to express his appreciation for
his Qhighly constructiveQ visit to Washington. He said
that he particularly appreciated the high level at which he
was received. He told the Ambassador he had already
briefed the President on the visit, and that he and the
President agreed that the visit had gone a long way to
reinforcing U.S.-Kenya cooperation on the range of issues
discussed during the visit.

2. (U) Following up on the visit, the Embassy and the
Government of Kenya released the joint statement below on
May 4.

BEGIN TEXT:

Joint U.S.-Kenya Statement regarding the official visit of
the Minister of State for Provincial Administration and
Internal Security to the United States

The Minister of State for Provincial Administration and
Internal Security Hon. John N. Michuki, accompanied by a
Senior Kenyan delegation, visited the United States for
meetings with senior U.S. officials between 25th and 27th
April, 2007.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss ways to enhance the
U.S.-Kenyan partnership in efforts to combat insecurity in
all its forms. The discussions were frank and productive.
Both sides agreed that they share a common interest in
combating crime and terrorism in order to strengthen
democracy in Kenya and to promote stability in the Horn of
Africa.

The United States plans to assist Kenya through the
following programs valued at over $14 million:

- Training and equipment of various Kenyan law
enforcement and security programs, $5.5 million
- Training and equipping of four coastal security patrol
units, $1.5 million
- Construction of Coastal Maritime Training Facility on
Camp Manda, $3 million
- Through Port Security Initiative, provide training on
security management and planning at Mombasa, $450,000
- Grant of two boats with equipment for Mombasa Port,
$260,000
- Provision of secure IT network and case management
project for ATPU, $2.08 million (over two years)
- Support of cyber forensics lab and cyber crime
training, $1.24 million (over two years)
- Border Control Management course to enhance
operational planning skills, $200,000

In addition to the above financial support, the US
government agreed to consider further requests for
assistance by the Government of Kenya after consulting
internally with relevant organs of government.

The Kenyan government has committed itself to do everything
possible to combat insecurity in a manner consistent with
the rule of law.

END TEXT

RANNEBERGER

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