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Museveni, Somali President Discuss Terrorism, Trade in Horn of Africa

President Museveni and his Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed have today Saturday held discussions at State House, Entebbe.

The two leaders’ talks centred on areas of cooperation between the Somalia and Uganda particularly in the areas of peace, security, defence, education, trade and investment.

President Mohamed, who was on a one-day official visit to Uganda at the invitation of President Museveni, expressed happiness to note that the situation in his country of Somalia has improved tremendously in spite of the Al-Shabaab terrorists menacing behavior in the South of Somalia and the negative media reports.

He commended the cooperation in defense and the support extended by the African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) in the transformation process of Somalia.

He noted that the Tripartite Agreement that had been concluded in September 2018 between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia is being implemented adding that it has greatly led to the economic development of the three states.

A range of international sanctions imposed against Eritrea nearly a decade ago, were unanimously lifted by the Security Council, four months after the signing of an historic peace agreement with Ethiopia in July.

Experts say if the three countries join hands in benefiting from their geopolitical and natural advantages peace and stability will be feasible in the region.

Furthermore, for the Horn of Africa to rejoice in harmonious brotherly relations, the plan is for the rest of the African countries to be part of this intiatives.

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The Somali leader observed that if the objectives of the agreement framework were achieved, the initiative would facilitate the resolution of political differences and end conflict in the Horn of Africa Region.

President Museveni, who welcomed his Somali counterpart to Uganda, commended him for the timely conclusion of the Tripartite Agreement saying that it was a step in the right direction of ensuring peace, stability and prosperity of the region.

“It is the right way to go in the Horn of Africa and it is what I have been advocating for all this time,” he said.

According to a State House statement, the two leaders noted with satisfaction the existing bond of friendship and mutually beneficial relations between Uganda and Somalia.

State Ministers for Defense, Hon. Okello Engola, for Northern Uganda, Hon. Kwiyuucwiny Grace, the Somali Chief of Staff, Aamino Said Ali and Presidential Advisor, Balal Mohamed Ausman, attended the meeting.

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