Kenya Protests New US Travel Warning


symptoms geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“We have noted, visit this with grave concern, the 27 September 2013 re-issuing by the U.S. government of the 5 July 2013 travel advisory to Kenya. We wish to unequivocally condemn the re-issuing of the travel advisory, and reject it as unnecessary and uncalled for,” the Ministry said I a statement seen by Chimpreports on Sunday.

The Ministry said “Terrorism, such as in the attack on Westgate Mall, is a global problem,” adding, “The United States itself, has suffered terror attacks before, and so have other countries right across the globe.”

The US embassy in Kenya on Friday told its citizens in the East African country and those considering travel to Kenya, should “evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas.”

The U.S. government said it continued to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at U.S., Western, and Kenyan interests in Kenya, including in the Nairobi area and in the coastal city of Mombasa.

“Terrorist acts can include suicide operations, bombings, kidnappings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Kenyan ports. Although the pursuit of those responsible for previous terrorist activities continues, many of those involved remain at large and still operate in the region. Travelers should consult the Worldwide Caution for further information and details,” the statement read.

On September 21, 2013, suspected members of the Al Shabaab terrorist organization, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, attacked the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, killing scores of innocent people, both Kenyan and foreign, and wounding many others.

The siege at the mall continued for several days and five U.S. citizens were confirmed injured in the attack.

Kenya responded with anger to the statement.

“We have made these points clear to the United States government through the usual diplomatic channels. Issuing travel advisories, such as this one, is not what we expect of our friends with whom we have enjoyed cordial diplomatic relations for a long time,” the statement added.

“We expect support from our friends, which is why we call on the U.S. government to withdraw the advisory.”


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