New Delhi (Sputnik) - India and Kenya have agreed to further boost cooperation in the field of defense and and maritime security.
"Areas of defense cooperation include staff exchanges, expertise sharing, training, cooperation in hydrography, and the supply of equipment," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Modi further added that,"Closer cooperation in the field of maritime security occupies an important place in our defense and security and engagement."
PM: Closer cooperation in field of maritime security occupies an imp place in our defence and security engagement pic.twitter.com/hmmSedWxKl— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) 11 июля 2016 г.
As part of the India-Kenya defense cooperation, Modi donated 30 ambulances to Kenyan defense forces.
Prime Minister Modi said that, "We had agreed that terrorism and radicalization is a common challenge for our two countries, the region and the whole world. We have agreed to deepen our security partnership including in the fields of cyber security, combating drugs and narcotics and human trafficking."
Prime Minister Modi also announced the extension of a concessional Line of Credit of $ 44.95 million to the African nation to help it in development of small and medium enterprises and textiles.
India will also build a cancer hospital in Kenya to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi was given ceremonial reception after his arrival in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
And some more visuals from the ceremonial reception at the State House in Nairobi earlier pic.twitter.com/vAT2d3lAiM— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) 11 июля 2016 г.
Prime Minister Modi's Kenya visit is the last leg of his four-nation Africa visit. Modi's Africa visit is considered to be one of the most important in terms of India's strategic interests, especially to counter the increasing Chinese influence in Africa.