The Republic of Uganda and the Federal Republic of Somalia have, through their respective Defence Ministers, received and adopted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence Cooperation.
This was an outcome of a two-day deliberation by the respective Technical
Working Groups of the two sister countries, at Speke Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo, Kampala.
In his speech, the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs of the Republic of
Uganda, Hon Vincent Ssempijja welcomed his Federal Republic of Somalia
(FRS) counterpart Hon Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur and his delegation and
thanked them for honouring Uganda’s invitation to attend this landmark event.
“In the spirit of strengthening the relationship between our sister countries we have sealed a close cooperation that will both enhance and foster an economic transformation of our society,” Hon Ssempijja observed.
“Our countries have come a long way from colonial exploitative systems that
divided us and we have today created a rapid development and modernization of our countries,” he added.
He appealed to both sides to be loyal and committed to the adopted MoU, which will be signed during the bilateral Heads of State Summit of the two
countries, scheduled for 8-11 August 2022 in Kampala.
He further urged both sides to negate the external interests that seek to divide
the sister countries “because no one can afford to wish away the hard-earned
successes and achievements of the sons and daughters from the Somali Armed
Forces and UPDF.”