UPDF Meets South Sudan Soldiers Over Recent Clashes

UPDF Meets South Sudan Soldiers Over Recent Clashes

Army chiefs from Uganda and South Sudan have said they are looking forward to reaching an agreement following recent border clashes.

On Saturday, the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces in the UPDF, Lt-Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi led Uganda’s delegation that held talks with their counterparts from South Sudan led by their Chief of General Staff, General Johnson Juma Okot.

During the meeting held at UPDF fourth division headquarters in Gulu, deputy UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Deo Akiiki, said that both army chiefs reiterated their countries’ commitment to fostering peace, security and stability in the region as they advance common values of patriotism, pan-Africanism, and regional cooperation.

Lt Gen Mbadi recommended the efforts to address the security gaps and made an assurance that “Nothing should undermine our historical ties. We will ensure that we dispel any contradictions which may undermine our longstanding good relationship,”

Both forces clashed last month and two South Sudan soldiers were killed whereas one was captured alive by the Ugandan forces after allegedly attacking their defensive border post at Pogee in Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State.

After diplomatic engagements, the captured SSPDF soldier was later handed back to the South Sudanese authorities.

Also present at the meeting were the Commander Land Forces of the UPDF, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, SSPDF’s Chief of Military Intelligence, Lt Gen Rieny Tuony Manor, and other senior UPDF and SSPDF commanders.