Uganda’s army chief, Gen David Muhoozi has met and held talks with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi in Mogadishu, Somalia.
The Wednesday meeting took place at Villa Somalia in Mogadishu.
UPDF Spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire who accompanied Muhoozi, said Muhoozi “discussed the support UPDF can offer to build the Somalia Army as part of the overall strategy to eradicate the Alshabaab.”
The recent events imply Uganda and other stakeholders intend to focus more on building mechanisms of strengthening Somalia armed forces’ capabilities to address its internal and external security challenges.
This would relieve AMISOM of continuous military deployments in the country.
Gen Muhoozi is on a routine visit to the UPDF troops serving under AMISOM.
President Abdullahi appreciated the “continued sacrifice” by the UPDF in “providing security and capacity building” to the Somalia National Army.
At least 12 Ugandan soldiers were recently killed in an ambush in Somalia.
Uganda responded by launching counter terrorism operations against the extremist Al Shabaab elements.
The President further commended Uganda leaders and the people for the positive role they are playing to provide regional stability.
Gen Muhoozi later met the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia Amb Michael Keating with whom he shared the need for the international community to remain engaged in Somalia and support the government to implement a strategy for a comprehensive solution to the existing challenges.
The Chief of Defence Forces who started off his day with an address to the soldiers, was accompanied in the meetings by Ambassador Maj Gen Nathan Mugisha and Brig Karemire.