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Somalia and Uganda discuss defence cooperation 
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Somalia and Uganda discuss defence cooperation 

Somalia’s Minister of Defence Abdikadir Mohamed Nur on Friday held a meeting in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, with the Ugandan Defence Minister, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja.

The meeting was also attended by the General Commander Of the Somali National Army, Gen. Odewaa Yusuf Rage and the Director General of the Ministry of Defence, Hassan Mohamed Gaaliye.

Also in attendance was the Ambassador to Uganda Amb. Ali Mohamed Mohamud.

According to the defence minister, he discussed two with his Ugandan counterpart how to strengthen cooperation and collaboration between the two ministries, and finally penned the discussed points.

´´Today I had a fruitful meeting with Uganda, and we discussed defense cooperation between the two countries,´´said Defence Minister Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur.

At the earlier meeting, the Chief of Defence -UPDF, Gen Wilson Mbadi, was represented by the Deputy CDF, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu while Brig Gen Odowa Yusuf Raghe represented the Somali National Army.

In the introductory remarks before the endorsement of the draft MOU, Lt Gen Elwelu said, “As UPDF and Uganda, we appreciate your cooperation since we landed in Mogadishu in 2007.We have been in Somalia because you accepted us there and our being there has helped us and the entire region. Without your cooperation, we would not have achieved we would not have achieved what we have achieved so far” he noted.

He reiterated that having a written bilateral legal document (MoU) was very important for the sides.

On his part, the CDF of the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) Brig Gen Odowa Yusuf Raghe expressed his satisfaction that this MOU lays ground for future cooperation of the two sister countries.

He further applauded the UPDF and the Government of Uganda for the sacrifices made to bring Somalia to its feet again.

According to the meeting, the Draft MOU on Defence Cooperation between the two countries has been in existence since 2018 but had never been concluded.

He reiterated that having a written bilateral legal document (MoU) was very important for the sides.

On his part, the CDF of the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) Brig Gen Odowa Yusuf Raghe expressed his satisfaction that this MOU lays ground for future cooperation of the two sister countries.

He further applauded the UPDF and the Government of Uganda for the sacrifices made to bring Somalia to its feet again.

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