January 30, 2014

Uganda Seeks Sri Lankan Military Expertise To Train Special Forces

General Odongo Jeje, Minister of State for Defence of Uganda with his Sri Lankan counterpart.
General Odongo Jeje, Minister of State for Defence of Uganda with his Sri Lankan counterpart.

A Ugandan defense delegation that is in Sri Lanka and led by the country’s Defense State Minister has sought the expertise of the former’s military to train it’s special forces.

Ugandan Minister of State for Defense, General (retd) Odongo Jeje has sought Sri Lanka military’s cooperation to organize a training programme for Ugandan military when he called on Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake at the Sri Lankan Army Headquarters on Tuesday.

General (Rtd) Odongo Jeje, and Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake exchanged views on matters related to training and promotion and sharing of experiences between both organizations.

The Ugandan delegation showing a keen interest in the Army’s Special Forces, asked the Sri Lankan Army to organize a training programme for Ugandan servicemen since Sri Lankan Special Forces have become very popular among the Armed Forces of Uganda.

“We are very impressed with their skills and the training given to them in Sri Lanka. We would therefore like to have more interactive approaches with our Sri Lankan counterpart in the future,” the visiting Ugandan Minister has said.

The Sri Lankan Commander invited the Ugandan Army to share Sri Lanka’s battlefield experiences and learn from each other. He  also requested them to liaise closely with military organized events, such as the annual Defence Seminar, Exercise Cormorant Strike, Sniper Course, etc.

They also discussed several other matters of mutual interest and bilateral importance to both the Ugandan Army and the Sri Lankan Army.

The Ugandan Minister has also called on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo Tuesday.

Odongo was accorded a Token Guard of Honour on arrival and warmly received by the Navy Commander.

General Jeje accompanied by his six-member delegation had held discussions on a range of topics which were of mutual interests and bilateral importance.

Sri Lanka Ambassador to Uganda V. Kananathan was also present on the occasions.

Adapted from Colombo page

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