The United States has recognized and commended Uganda’s continued contribution in the East and Horn of African regions.
The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Wednesday evening issued a statement congratulating Uganda on reaching the 57th independence anniversary since gaining self-rule from Britain on October 9th 1962.
“On behalf of the United States of America, I send my best wishes to the people of Uganda in celebration of your 57th anniversary of independence,” said Pompeo.
Pompeo said the US shares common goals and efforts with Uganda on maintaining the stability of the region.
“Uganda’s continued contribution to the African Union Mission in Somalia and collaborative efforts to control the spread of epidemic diseases reflect its role as a regional leader on the continent,” noted Pompeo.
Uganda was first country to send boots on the ground to Somalia under the auspices of African Union Mission in Somalia in 2017. Pentagon withdrew from Somalia after a humiliating killing of 18 US elite special forces, injuring of 73 and capturing of a military plane by Somalia tribal warlords on October 3rd 1993.
President Bill Clinton on a October 7th 1993 pronounced ordered total withdrawal of US troops from Somalia by latest March 1994. Fourteen years later, Uganda which doesn’t share a border with Somalia, made the inevitable risk to militarily land on the spot left world’s most powerful army in 1994. Situation in Somalia has since improved and countries like U.S have reopened embassies.
The United States on the Independence Day message said also looks forward to working with the Ugandan people to advance democratic institutions and fundamental freedoms.