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Release No: 530-13
July 23, 2013

Readout of Deputy Secretary Carter's Meetings with Senior Ugandan Security Officials

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout:

             Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter visited Uganda today, where he met with senior government and military leaders to affirm the growing security partnership between the United States and Uganda.  This visit was an opportunity to discuss a range of regional security challenges with Ugandan partners, including addressing conflict in Somalia, the Sudans, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and ending the threat to civilians and to regional stability posed by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).  Dr. Carter is now the highest ranking DoD official ever to visit Uganda. 

            While in Uganda, Deputy Secretary Carter conducted a phone call with President Yoweri Museveni, who was traveling outside Kampala, and met with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello, Chief of Defence Forces Edward Katumba Wamala, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence Brigadier General Charles Bakahumura, and Chief of Staff of Ugandan Land Forces Brigadier General Leopold Kyanda.  The deputy also met with U.S. personnel supporting the Ugandan military's effort to remove leaders of the LRA from the battlefield and a separate contingent of U.S. forces providing specialized counterterrorism training to Ugandan forces who will deploy as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia.

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