UN’s Field Support Chief Credits Uganda’s Efforts in Pacifying Somalia

UN's Under Secretary-General for Field Support, Mr Atul Khare (L) shakes hands with Defence Minister, Adolf Mwesige after the meeting

The United Nations (UN) Under Secretary-General for Field Support, Mr Atul Khare has held a meeting with the Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Adolf Mwesige regarding how the UN can support Uganda in its involvement in peace support operations.

On Friday, Mr Atul Khare paid a courtesy visit to the Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Headquarters in Mbuya – Kampala.

Hon Adolf Mwesige commended UN for its role in maintaining international peace and security and the partnership between UN and Troop Contributing Countries.

On his part, Mr Khare applauded Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) for its sacrifice and commitment towards creating and sustaining peace and security throughout Uganda.

He added that the role played by UPDF in the pacification of Somalia lights a candle to the rest of the world, although the mission calls for more support.

Minister Mwesige observed that Mr Khare’s visit will bring further impetus to regional initiatives, eliminate duplication of services, improve supply chain visibility, and enhance usage of infrastructure available within the region.

Khare became the Head of the Department of Field Support on March 2 2015, following the departure of Under Secretary – General, Mr Ameeral Haq.

The meeting on Friday was also attended by Ms Rosa Malango the United Nations Residence Coordinator and Resident Representative for the United Nations Programme (UNDP).

The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Permanent Secretary Mrs Rosette Byengoma, Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, UPDF Joint Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Joseph Musanyufu among others were also present.

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