Uganda, Czech Republic sign defense cooperation agreement

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Uganda and the Czech Republic on Thursday signed a defense cooperation agreement, according to a military statement.

The two countries will establish and enhance bilateral defense cooperation, the statement said.

Charles Engola, Uganda’s outgoing minister of state for defense and veteran affairs, and Tomas Kopecny, visiting Czech Republic deputy minister of defense for industrial cooperation division, signed the agreement.

Engola said the signing of the agreement cemented the cordial relationship that Uganda and Czech Republic enjoy.

According to Kopecny, the cooperation will involve the exchange of information, technologies and partnership to strengthen the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) through finding new partnerships given the history of the two countries.

He further noted that the UPDF “is a cornerstone for regional stability and they seek to be part of that story through peace making activities where Uganda is praised for.”

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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