27/06/2014

UK Troops In Kenya Face Delayed Return Date

More than 900 British troops who are currently training in Kenya have been left unsure as to when they will be able to return home.

The uncertainty comes after a delay in an agreement between the UK and Kenya. It is understood the British High Commission in Nairobi said talks to continue a memorandum of understanding for the UK's use of the Nanyuki training area are ongoing.

In response to the delay, the MoD has said it is making plans to fly the troops back to the UK using commercial carriers.

The current memorandum of understanding between the two countries is set to expire in 2015.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) 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."

(CVS/JP)

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