In Summary
  • UK and the EU officials Monday held a meeting with Coast leaders, among them governors Joho and Kingi.
  • He said the region would draw large numbers of international visitors if peace could be maintained.
  • Mr Joho said Coast counties will collaborate with the UK government and the EU on security efforts

The United Kingdom and the European Union will collaborate with the six Coast county governments on security, investment and tourism.

UK ambassador to Kenya Nic Hailey has said his government will continue to support the counties to address violent extremism, youth radicalisation and terrorism for sustainable peace.

The ambassador said the UK and the EU officials on Monday had a cordial meeting with Governor Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and leaders from the other counties to find ways of addressing insecurity.

“We held talks with the governors and county officials on security. Our wish is for the county chiefs to support peace initiatives for the safety of locals and visitors,” he said.

PROMOTE TOURISM

Mr Hailey added that the UK government will support the coastal counties to promote tourism as part of efforts to revive the industry.

The ambassador said the Coast has the potential to woo more British holidaymakers since it is endowed with beautiful beaches, warm weather and friendly people.

“I am among the British who visit Mombasa and other parts of the region for holiday due to the stunning beaches and tropical weather,” he added.

The UK market, he added, had over the years been supporting Kenya’s tourism.

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