Uganda renews MoU with South Sudan on Military Assistance

South Sudan defence chiefs with their Ugandan counterparts in Kampala on Tuesday. PHOTOS: CHIMPREPORTS

South Sudan defence chiefs with their Ugandan counterparts in Kampala on Tuesday. PHOTOS: CHIMPREPORTS

A joint communiqué at the end of the meeting observed that South Sudan was stabilizing, with business booming in Juba, especially construction and flights. Also, the three states (Upper Nile, Jonglei, Unity State) affected by war are experiencing improvement in security.

 

Uganda and South Sudan have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Military Assistance to South Sudan for another four months.
The renewal of Military Assistance Agreement was made at the Ministry of Defence headquarters, in Mbuya on February 3. Minister of Defence Dr Crispus Kiyonga signed on behalf of Uganda while the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs of South Sudan, Gen Eng. Koul Manyang Juuk signed on behalf of South Sudan.

South Sudan defence chiefs with their Ugandan counterparts in Kampala on Tuesday. PHOTOS: CHIMPREPORTS

South Sudan defence chiefs with their Ugandan counterparts in Kampala on Tuesday. PHOTOS:
CHIMPREPORTS

The signing of the MOU followed discussions by teams from the two countries, which reviewed the security situation in South Sudan to determine the relevance of renewal of the agreement.
The Ugandan delegation included Lt Gen Charles Angina (Deputy Chief of Defence Forces), Maj Gen David Muhoozi (Commander Land Forces), Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi (Joint Chief of Staff) and Brig Charles Otema (Chief of Logistics and Engineering).
The South Sudan delegation included Gen Paul Awan (Chief of General Staff of the SPLA), Lt Gen Thomas Cirillo Swak (Deputy Chief of General Staff for training and Research) and Maj. Gen Koul Deng Aot (Director General for International and Public Relations).
A joint communiqué at the end of the meeting observed that South Sudan was stabilizing, with business booming in Juba, especially construction and flights. Also, the three states (Upper Nile, Jonglei, Unity State) affected by war are experiencing improvement in security.
The communiqué however pointed out that despite positive trends, the situaion in South Sudan remains unstable, and thus a need to renew the Military Assistance Agreement for a further four months.
The Military Assistance agreement was last reviewed in October last year, according to Dr. Kiyonga. Gen Manyang called for continued cooperation between the countries in the region saying it’s vital for regional stability.

BY STEVEN ARIONG UGANDA Uganda and South Sudan






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