Uganda and Sri Lanka pursue defence ties


On January 28, a visiting Ugandan defence delegation led by that country’s Defence Minister General (retd) Odongo Jeje sought the expertise of the Sri Lankan military’s Special Forces to organize a training programme for Ugandan military when he called on Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake at the Army Headquarters.

Jeje, and Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake exchanged views on matters related to training and promotion and sharing of experiences to organize a training program 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 said.

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

Last May, Sri Lanka opened its embassy in Uganda, which was an occasion for Gamini Lakshman Peiris, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister to declare “We have a political relationship that is ideal. Our countries share many things in common. They have both emerged from the shadows of colonialism. We must work together to achieve our objectives.”