UPDF, Japan army discuss defence deal  

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Minister Engola and Japanese envoy

The Minister of state for Defence, Rtd Col Charles Engola, on Friday met Yasunori Nishida, the Defence Councillor and Deputy Director General at the Japan ministry of Defence.

The envoy briefed the minister on the current situation in East Asian region and commended Uganda’s role in promoting peace and security in Africa.

He also commended Uganda’s support to Japanese peacekeeping troops who have been serving in South Sudan under the United Nations Mission In South Sudan [UNMISS].

The two delegations further explored areas of possible cooperation between Uganda and japan in the areas of defence as a way of broadening current fields.

It may be recalled that Uganda recently received road equipment from Japan to be distributed to all districts in the country.

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The meeting which took place at the minister headquarters in Mbuya was attended by the deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi and the Joint Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Joseph Musanyufu.

Relatedly, Ugandan Ambassador to Somalia, Prof. Sam Turya-Muhika, on Friday paid a courtesy to the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) contingent in Somalia.

Prof. Turya-Muhika was received by the UPDF contingent commander Brig Gen Kayanja Muhanga at Sector 1 headquarters at Harane base.

He inspected a guard of honour mounted by UPDF before being given a situation brief.

Uganda has over 6,000 soldiers and officers from the UPDF serving with 10,000-strong AMISOM mission, along with troops from Burundi and Djibouti.

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