British Soldiers Return From Kenya Training Delayed

Six battalions train each year at Nanyuki, 125 miles north of Nairobi.
Six battalions train each year at Nanyuki, 125 miles north of Nairobi.

A delay in an agreement between the UK and Kenya over British army training in the country has left 900 troops uncertain of when they can return home.

The British High Commission in Nairobi says talks over a new memorandum of understanding for the UK’s use of the Nanyuki training area are continuing.

The MoD said it was making arrangements to fly the troops back to the UK using commercial carriers.

Six battalions train each year at Nanyuki, 125 miles north of Nairobi.

The previous memorandum of understanding between the two countries has expired.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The UK has a longstanding, mutually beneficial, defence relationship with Kenya and we hope that the delay in receipt of diplomatic clearances from the Kenyan authorities will be resolved shortly.”

The MoD also said the soldiers in Kenya – 3rd Battalion, The Rifles – would usually be sent back to the UK on the same charter aircraft that would carry the incoming troops, the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment.

Because of the delay, arrangements are now being made to fly the troops out of Nairobi on commercial flights. The first soldiers to leave flew out on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the British High Commission has denied a story in Kenya’s Standard Newspaper that Kenya has demanded the UK first withdraws travel advisories about Kenya, before allowing in the new contingent of British soldiers for training.

BBC

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