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Museveni, US Defence Secretary Meet At Pentagon

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The meeting included Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Uganda’s Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second on right, meets with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, second on left, at the Pentagon, Sept. 27, 2013. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett

After the meeting, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little issued a statement saying Hagel thanked Museveni for Uganda’s leadership in the region and its commitment to the African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM.

“The secretary praised Ugandan forces for their efforts to defeat al-Shabaab, for which Congress recently approved more than $14 million in additional Section 1206 support. Secretary Hagel also praised Ugandan security forces for their efforts against the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony,” Little said.

Approximately 100 U.S. personnel are currently deployed in Central Africa, where they are advising and assisting the Ugandan army in this effort.

Little said Hagel welcomed the progress that the Ugandan and other partner forces have achieved in reducing the threat posed by the LRA and expressed his hope that the mission would result in the elimination of the LRA threat to civilians and regional stability.

Museveni has for decades been a strong ally of the United States in its war against terrorism in the region.

The Uganda-led AMISOM has since been credited for pacifying the better part of Somalia including the Capital Mogadishu.

Secretary Hagel concluded the meeting by expressing his appreciation for the close relationship enjoyed by Uganda and the United States.

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