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Uganda and Israel Sign Agreement on Defence Cooperation

Uganda and Israel on Monday, 19th September signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on defence cooperation at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala.

According to the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Permanent Secretary Rosette Byengoma, the purpose of the agreement is to renew and strengthen the existing strong relationship between the two countries on matters concerning defence, security, intelligence collection and welfare, among others.

Byengoma, in her remarks, commended the existing relationship between Uganda and Israel and went on to thank the Israeli for supporting Uganda’s defense, security and development capabilities in which the Israeli have played a major role.

“Israel has helped us to strengthen our different branches of the military, more especially in Air force and Air Defence. Your invariable expertise and support have, to a greater extent made our air space safer, and for this, we are grateful,” Byengoma observed.

The Head of Delegation SIBAT Asaf Dvir acknowledged the Uganda Government and UPDF Leadership for the efforts in maintaining peace in the country.

“On behalf of the Israel Ministry of Defence (ISMOD), we would like to transfer our appreciation to the leadership for this process and also for the continued relationship in the future,” he said.

The two parties vowed to further consolidate and elevate the status of bilateral relations between the two countries promised to commit to share their expertise and knowledge in regards to socio-economic transformation.

“We are delighted to share our experience and knowledge with our allies on issues that deal with economic development, cultural transformation, defence and security cooperation, among others,” Asaf said.

PS Rosette Byengoma signed the MOU on behalf of the Uganda Government whereas Asaf Dvir signed for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

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