President Yoweri Museveni and a delegation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), led by General James Ajong Mawut have “discussed UPDF – SPLA security cooperation and training,” officials have said.
Ajong, who is the Chief of Defense Forces of Republic of South Sudan and his group, met Museveni Tuesday at the State Lodge in Mbale Municipality in Eastern Uganda.
The same delegation yesterday met UPDF top brass at the at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MoDVA) headquarters in Mbuya hill.
Some of the UPDF officers who attended the meeting include among others Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi; Deputy Chief of Defence Forces (DCDF), Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi; Commander Land Forces, Maj Gen. Peter Eluwelu; and the Joint Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Joseph Musanyufu.
In that meeting, according to UPDF Spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire, “the two military leaders exchanged views on the current situation in South Sudan and further discussed strengthening working relations between the two countries.”
Uganda and South Sudan have long standing economic and security interests.
Currently, Uganda is a host to over one million refugees fleeing from the instability in South Sudan.
Speaking to Museveni today, Gen. Ajong conveyed a special message and a letter of appreciation from President Salva Kiir of South Sudan to Museveni, commending him for the continued support and solidarity with the government of South Sudan.