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President Moi Reaffirms Kenya's Cooperation in the Fight Against Terrorism - 2002-12-05

Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi says his country is doing everything it can to bring to justice those responsible for last week's suicide bombing in Mombasa.

The Kenyan president says terrorism will never resolve conflict. He says the attack on an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa a week ago has only strengthened his government's determination to fight terrorism.

"My government strongly condemned these senseless acts of terror and is resolved more than ever before to continue supporting the United States and the international community in the war against terrorism," President Moi said.

Kenya has had its share of terrorist activity in recent years. A 1998 attack on the U.S. embassy in Nairobi killed more than 200 people and injured or maimed about 5,000.

The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Johnnie Carson, says the United States and Kenya will continue working closely to track down al-Qaida and other terrorists.

"Kenya has been in fact a very strong friend of the United States, helping to do what it could to track down the perpetrators of the August 7, 1998 blast," Ambassador Carson said. "That support continues. Kenya has been cooperating very closely with the Israelis and with the United States in the current efforts, and I think they will continue to do so."

The ambassador and President Moi spoke at a Washington luncheon.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Moi met with President Bush and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss the global war on terrorism. Mr. Bush said the latest attack in Kenya that killed 10 Kenyans and three Israelis shows no country is safe.

"If terrorists could strike in Kenya, they could strike in Ethiopia, they could strike in Europe, and we must continue this war to hunt these killers down one at a time," President Bush said.

President Bush met with President Moi on what may be the Kenyan leader's last official visit to the United States as president. After serving for 24 years, Mr. Moi is constitutionally barred from standing in the country's elections at the end of this month.