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EU approves military assistance to Kenya to fight Al Shabaab

Brussels, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) approved military assistance worth 20 million euros to develop the operational capabilities of the Kenyan army and fight the Islamist group Al Shabaab, Sky News reported on Tuesday.

The EU will specifically fund tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, non-lethal interceptors and jammers, systems used to defeat improvised explosive devices, and electronic warfare tools for Kenyan military units.

The EU bloc aims to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country and its civilian population against internal threats and counter the increasing operations by the Al Shabaab terrorist group along the border with Somalia.

The funding follows joint consultations on security and defense in the framework of the EU-Kenya Strategic Dialogue.

The source stated that the aid will be channeled through the European Peace Facility, the extra-budgetary instrument through which the 27 EU member States finance their defense policy.