South Sudan

UPDF to Withdraw From S.Sudan, Deploy to CAR

find salve sans-serif; color: #333333;”>Hon Okello revealed this in his office at MOFA while meeting the French Ambassador to Uganda, Her Excellence Aline Kuster-Menager, according to a statement by Rose Namayanja, the Minister of Information and National Guidance.

The withdrawal of the Ugandan national army has been one of the hottest topics for months now both in Uganda and in South Sudan.

The presence of the Ugandan troops is blamed for the delay of Addis Ababa peace talks since it has been a constant demand by the rebel delegation.

It was agreed in the last Ethiopia IGAD Summit that Ugandan troops be pulled out so that and IGAD stabilisation force can be deployed to keep peace.

Both the ministers and the UPDF command have agreed to withdraw immediately the stabilisation force from IGAD countries sets foot in South Sudan.


Meanwhile, Minister Okello also told guest Uganda is eagerly waiting to see the implementation of the peace agreement signed in Nairobi.

Minister Okell meeting Menager

He assured the Ambassador that Uganda is open and willing to give any information to avoid speculation.

He expressed dissatisfaction on UN group of experts continued negative reporting about Uganda.

Likewise, the UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, is also dissatisfied with the way Uganda was negatively depicted in the Congo question.

He says, although Uganda has tried to maintain regional peace, United Nations continue to demonise its involvement.

On Central African Republic, Hon Okello told his guest that Uganda is ready to deploy a battalion if its involvement is asked for.

Uganda has already been involved in Central African Republic because of the hunt for LRA rebels and their leader, Joseph Kony.

Glimpse of Uganda’s Foreign Policy, Regional and International Missions

Foreign Policy is defined as a set of strategies, decisions and actions taken by a state /government to safeguard its national interest and achieve its goals on the international arena.

The officially stated goals of the foreign policy of the Republic of Uganda as mentioned in the Foreign Policy Agenda is to safeguard Uganda national interest and achieve its goals on the international arena for the benefit of the people of Uganda , the region and the international community.

The foreign policy vision of Uganda is predicated on “a conducive regional and international environment that promotes a secure and prosperous Uganda in which the people’s interests are at the centre.

From the broad foreign policy guiding principles, and the doctrine of Uganda, the country’s national interest has been anchored on three broad pillars namely:

1. National Security (survival of the State, the people and endowments)

2. National prosperity and

3. Wellbeing of the people

Uganda has deliberately taken a centric approach in pursuing its Foreign Policy:- (i)The Ring States (immediate neighbours, EAC, IGAD, ICGLR, Nile Basin) (ii)The region (Rest of Africa, AU, COMESA, Middle East and OIC) Uganda’s doctrine of Regional led peace process using the Burundi and Somalia model where the region leads with the rest of the International community supporting the cause and (iii) The Rest of the world.

These include UNGA, UNSC system, Development partners (e.g. bilateral /multilateral donors), international organisations and agencies and blocs (e.g. G77, G8, G20, BRICS, NATO)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Missions abroad have and continue to implement Uganda’s Foreign Policy that helps to achieve the National interest mainly through the following thematic areas:

1. Promotion of Regional and International Peace and Security;

2. Promotion of Commercial and Economic Diplomacy;

3. Promotion of National Image abroad through Public Diplomacy;

4. Effective participation in Multilateral Diplomacy

5. Promotion of Regional and Economic Integration

6. Implementation of Reporting Obligations on International Treaties and Conventions;

7. Mobilization of Bilateral and Multilateral Resources for Development

8. Provision of Protocol and Consular Services

9. Provision of Diaspora Services

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