By Jeff Andrew Lule
UGANDA and the Republic of Ethiopia have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen defence ties.
The signing was done by Uganda's Defence Minister, Crispus Kiyonga and his counterpart, Siraj Fegessa, at Mbuya Army Headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday.
The signing was also witnessed by Gen Katumba Wamala (UPDF chief), Rosette Byengoma (defence permanent secretary), Maj Gen. James Mugira (managing director of Luweero Defence Industries) and Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda, Degefe Bula among others.
Kiyonga said the MoU is aimed at strengthening the cooperation of the two countries in defence matters to enforce peace and stability in the region.
Among the key areas reviewed was the situation in the Republic of South Sudan and Somalia, and terrorism in the region.
The two countries agreed to safeguard peace and security, promote common values and other fundamental interests of the region and Africa.
Fegessa commended Uganda's efforts to promote peace in the region and Africa at large.
Last year the two countries also signed several MoUs on energy, health, transport and establishment of capital city cooperation. Their signing took place in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.
Uganda signs defence pact with Ethiopia