By Our Reporter
The Minister of State for Defence, Jacob Marksons Oboth has said that the cordial bilateral relations that exist between Uganda and Israel have historical attachments.
He made the remarks at a meeting with the Israeli Ambassador to Uganda, Michael Lotem, who had called on him at his office and Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Mbuya Kampala.
” We still look forward to maintaining and deepening that relationship. So we are happy and delighted to have you here,” he noted, calling upon the Ambassador to invest in the transfer of modern production methods.
Oboth said that the Defence Ministry has a constitutional mandate to engage in methods of production for the survival of the population.
“We need to have enough food for our own soldiers but also for the markets within the region and beyond. We are looking at a bigger picture of a fully-fledged production,” said Oboth.
In his remarks, Lotem, said that the relationship between Uganda and Israel are very profound and symbolic.
He said that the Israeli Minister of Defence is looking forward to the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on cooperation in Defence and Security.
Lotem further said Israel appreciates the existing co-operation on defence and security, noting that that Israel is willing to connect and open new areas of co-operation by offering training on how to detect and prevent terrorist activities and modern medicine, among others; both at national and regional levels.
At the same meeting the UPDF Chief of Medical Services Maj Gen Dr Ambrose Musinguzi said that UPDF has already had engagements on cooperation with Israel in areas of mass causality medicine, critical care, medical research and super specialized surgical specialists.