David Cameron voices regrets over Kenya's UK travel advisories
David Cameron has said that he regrets the effects that the UK travel advisory had on the tourism industry in Kenya. The UK Prime Minister met with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta last week and the two leaders agreed to reset the relationship between the two countries and strengthen cooperation in security, economic and diplomatic fronts.
David Cameron has voiced his regret over the decision to issue travel advisories on Kenya, saying that the decision was not within the confines of his government.
The bans were enforced by an independent body and the Prime Minister said that the UK government is aware of the negatives effects it had on the tourism industry, economy in Kenya, and its fight against terrorism. Mr Cameron said:
"We all agree that the effect of the advisories are what the terrorists actually want because it defeats the efforts to stop extremists from seducing people into their activities."
Cameron and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks in New York last week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and vowed to reset relations between Kenya and the United Kingdom and strengthen support in security, economic and diplomatic fronts.
President Kenyatta said that the effects of the travel advisories significantly affected Kenya's economy and led to a huge loss of jobs. President Kenyatta explained:
"The advisories work contrary to our aim to defeat extremism and they have hurt the economy of the whole coastal region."
The U.K. has issued warnings against travelling to areas along Kenya's coast and around the capital, Nairobi, following a series of attacks mainly carried out by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militia.
The two leaders discussed the role Kenya has to help bring stability in Somalia, Southern Sudan and other regions in East Africa that have been affected by conflicts.
"The current immigration crisis in Europe is making us realise that we have not done enough to help solve the problems in regions facing conflicts."
Explained Mr Cameron.
Kenya is a country located in East Africa that boasts beautiful white sand beaches fringed with waters of the sparkling Indian Ocean and the majestic snow-capped Mount Kenya. During holidays in Kenya, tourists can enjoy African safaris across an array of spectacular nature parks which are thriving with wildlife including giraffes, lions, rhinos, elephants, leopards and wildebeest.
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