The Star (Nairobi)

15 July 2014

Kenya: Travel Advisory to Heathrow Not Retaliatory - Amina Mohammed

Photo: Mombasa County Govt
Terror attacks (file photo): Kenya has said travel advisory to UK not retaliatory.

Kenya's travel advisory warning its citizens against travelling through London's Heathrow airport was not retaliatory against UK's advisories, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed has said.

While discussing Kenya-UK defence cooperation with a Parliamentary Committee on Defence, Amb Mohammed said the travel advisory issued on Saturday was meant to ensure the safety of Kenyans and not in retaliation for a warning issued by the UK to its citizens against travelling to Mombasa.

Kenya had issued the advisory after US officials said Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen and Syria were developing sophisticated bombs that could bring down a plane.

The information stated that Britain would be the most likely country to be affected.

The Foreign Affairs CS further said negotiations on new Kenya-UK bilateral agreement on defence cooperation are proceeding well.

She said the MOU between Kenya and the UK on defence cooperation under review to align with Kenya's constitution.

Amb Mohammed said said however that Kenya will conduct bilateral relations on the basis of equality and reciprocity.

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