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Monday, 9th October 2017
President Yoweri Museveni chats with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel as Hon Sam Kutesa looks on during a meeting in New York City on 20th September 2017
H.E. President Yoweri Museveni has held a follow up meeting with the German Foreign Minister Mr. Sigmar Gabriel at the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, during which they discussed about the security situation in South Sudan, Burundi and Somalia.

The President called upon the international community to take more interest in the situation in Somalia saying although the regional security forces were doing a good job, there was need to develop and strengthen local security forces such as the police and army and for the international community to get involved to put an end to the instability there.

"Uganda is mainly characterized by Christians and Christians believe in the holy trinity. If there was some kind of trinity in the security situation of Somalia; internal, regional and international forces, the situation would be contained," he said.

The President also said that countries like Somalia needs to stop talking about politics of identity and promote their people's interests that would make their countries prosperous.

Mr. Sigmar said that Germany and the European Union are committed to the security situation in Africa.

Targeted attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, particularly by the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, with suicide bombings and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), continue to have a devastating impact.

In South Sudan millions have fled the conflict causing an unprecedented refugee crisis in the world.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kuteesa and the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Adonia Ayebare attended the meeting, which was held at Uganda Permanent Mission Offices in New York.

Source: Department of Press and Public Relations, State House