British PM welcomes Kenyan piracy help

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British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed Kenya's efforts in the fight against Somali piracy during talks Friday with Prime Minister Raila Odinga in London, his office said.

The pair also discussed international development and bilateral ties in Cameron's first meeting with an African leader since taking office following May 6 elections here, his Downing Street office said.

"The prime minister welcomed Kenya's cooperation in confronting the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia," a spokesman said after the talks.

Kenya has detained more than 100 suspected pirates for trial, many of them captured in waters off lawless Somalia, under an agreement with the European Union, although it said last month that it intended to stop doing so.

A British couple are among those who have fallen foul of the pirates. Paul and Rachel Chandler have been held in Somalia ever since their yacht was seized in the Indian Ocean last October.

In London, Cameron also assured Odinga "of his commitment to the UK's strong partnership with Kenya, and his support for vigorous political and economic reform" and vowed to keep international development aid at 0.7 percent of GDP.

The British prime minister was due to speak to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni later Friday.

© 2010 AFP

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