Egypt Ambassador to Uganda H.E Ashraf Swelam accompanied by the Egyptian military attaché to Uganda Brigadier General Osama Selim met with the Ugandan Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs Hon. Adolf Mwesige and Chief of Staff of the UPDF Ground Forces Major General Leopold Eric Kyanda on Thursday 10 March.
Both parties discussed joint training programs, enhancing cooperation in the defence and security fields as well as combating terrorism.
The two sides emphasised on continued strengthening of the strong bond between the two countries and military and Defence support in business through NEC, training, combating terrorism and medicine.
Egypt and Uganda signed a military cooperation pact in early 2019 to strengthen joint defence and security cooperation, especially in the terms of training programs and slots that Egypt offers to the Ugandan military personnel.
Egypt recently offered several training slots to Uganda’s military undergoing different courses in the Arab Republic of Egypt.
The Ugandan Ministry of Defense spokesperson lieutenant Colonel Del Akiiki was also in attendance.
Uganda has been strengthening its strategic relations with its allies over the past few years. Uganda and Israel on Tuesday 20 September 2022 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defence amid growing criticism in the country over Israel’s hacking software. The signing ceremony took place in the capital Kampala.
Uganda was represented by Rosette Byengoma, while Israel by Asaf Dvir. “On behalf of the Israel Ministry of Defense (ISMOD), we would like to transfer our appreciation to the government of Uganda, UPDF, for this process and also for the continued relationship in the future,” Dvir said. “Israel has helped us to strengthen our different branches of the military, more especially in the Air force and Air Defense,” Byengoma said.