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U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Visits Uganda

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U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Visits Uganda
On July 23, 2013, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter visited Uganda during a week-long trip that also took him to Israel and Ethiopia.  In Uganda, the Deputy Secretary met with senior Ugandan government and defense officials to affirm the growing security partnership between the U.S. and Uganda. 

The Deputy Secretary thanked Ugandans for their continued commitment to improving security in the region through their efforts to combat terrorism and end the threat to regional stability posed by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).  As part of a comprehensive approach to countering the LRA, the U.S. military is advising and assisting the UPDF and other regional partner forces in an effort to bring Joseph Kony and his top lieutenants to justice.

Uganda is an important partner for the United States and has emerged as a regional leader in addressing conflicts across Africa.  For example, as of July 2013, more than 6,200 Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers are supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which the U.S. Government has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance, including training, equipment, and logistical support for Uganda and other troop-contributing countries.  The United States commends the UPDF soldiers involved in AMISOM for their commitment, bravery and selfless support to the Somali people and to the fight against al-Shabaab.

Photo caption: Ambassador DeLisi, Deputy Defense Secretary Carter, and other U.S. Government personnel meet with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem and UPDF personnel at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 23, 2013.