Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) on Friday met with South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) to settle the recent series of clashes between the two forces at their common borderlines.
In this high profile meeting that was held at the 4th Division Barracksin in Gulu, SSPDF was led by Gen Johnson Juma Okot while UPDF by Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) deputy chief of defence forces, the Land Force commander, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, and Maj Gen Paul Lokech, a senior military officer, among others.
Gen Mbadi told journalists after the meeting that the two sides had pledged to guarantee peace and corporation at the borders for the common good of the two countries.
“Our relationship with South Sudan is so deeply rooted in the values of pan Africanism, integration, identity and independence of both countries, besides strategic security between the two countries. This is what we pledged to uphold,” Gen Mbadi said.
“We promised each other to deal with these gaps so that we correct them so as to continue to have harmony, confidence, and mutual trust that we need in order to consolidate this relationship and push for the stability of this region,” he added.