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UPDF, S. Sudan Army Seek Strengthening Ties

Military top brass from uganda and south sudan during the meeting on monday at mbuya

The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has Monday held a meeting with his SPLA counterpart, General James Agongo Mawut at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MoDVA) headquarters in Mbuya hill.

During the 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.”

UPDF, it should be noted, has previously deployed in the youngest country in Africa on a number of causes, including evacuating Ugandans that were trapped during the skirmishes that broke out after troops loyal to Riek Machar, who was the vice president turned against the government of President Salva Kiir.

The Ugandan army has also been in South Sudan at the invite of the government to ensure order.

Ugandan troops, however, in October 2015, withdrew from the country.

But the country is still struggling with the war, following failed reunification talks among the factions in the country.

During his visit, Gen Agongo inspected a guard of honor mounted by Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), and was accompanied by his assistant Chief of Defence Forces for Operations, training and Intelligence Lt Gen Malual  Ayom Dov.

Maj Gen Koul Deng Abot the  Director  General  International  and  Public  Relations and Maj Gen   Akol  Majok Nyigan  from  SPLA  Headquarters among others also accompanied the military chief.

“The meeting applauded the current dialogue between the various political actors in South Sudan aimed at building lasting peace and stability,” said Brig. Karemire.

On the UPDF side, the talks was attended by the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces (DCDF) Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, the Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Peter Eluwelu and the Joint Chief of Staff Maj Gen Joseph Musanyufu among other senior UPDF officers.

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