UK/Kenyan agreement a boost for Army training

Kenya and the UK have renewed a highly-valued agreement which allows British soldiers to conduct essential training in Kenyan Forces training areas, the Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram announced today

Mr Ingram was in Nairobi today to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenyan Minister of State for Defence, the Honourable Njenga Karume.

Yesterday, Mr Ingram visited troops from the 1st Battalion, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the Samburu District, where they are taking part in infantry training.

Mr Ingram said:

"Kenya offers superb training opportunities for the British Army and the training here is an important part of the preparation of our troops for the numerous operational commitments we have worldwide.

"It is also a good location for the education of our soldiers, many of them still young men and women. It gives them experience of Africa, they see the country and the way that the Kenyan people live and this helps to develop their understanding of different cultures. This is important for our Army in the world of today.

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