Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has applauded the role Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has played in the efforts towards pacifying Somalia since 2007.
“UPDF has foot prints in the history of Somalia and will be recorded in the books of history. The impact one has on ground is what makes a difference”-H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud remarked.
President Hassan said these words to the Commander of Uganda Land Force, Lt Gen Kayanja Muhanga who paid him a courtesy call yesterday evening; 21 Dec 2022 at Villa Somalia.
Gen Kayanja was accompanied by Brig Gen Peter Omola; the new UPDF contingent commander in Somalia under the African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and Brig Gen Keith Katungi who has completed his tour of duty as UPDF contingent commander in Somalia.
President Hassan Sheikh thanked his counterpart Gen Museveni and the people of Uganda for the support rendered to Somalia in the fight against Al-Shabaab.
“There is hope that we will soon finish this situation”- President Hassan Sheikh noted
He thanked Brig Katungi, and all ATMIS troops in Somalia for their neutrality exhibited during the 2022 Somali Presidential elections.
“You worked under difficult political situation and created a neutral ground for political transition.” He observed
On his part, Gen Kayanja congratulated President Hassan Sheikh upon his re-election into the office of the Presidency and affirmed to him Uganda and UPDF’s commitment to upholding Uganda-Somalia-historical relations.
“The government of Uganda and UPDF will always work shoulder-to shoulder with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) for the mutual benefits of our sister countries and the region” Gen Kayanja remarked.
The sides observed that a stable Somalia and a peaceful region is a shared vision between President Yoweri Museveni and President Hassan Sheikh for the social economic transformation of the peoples of the two countries and the continent.