Top N Korean leader in Uganda to boost security ties

2014-10-29 14:33

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Kampala - North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, was to visit Uganda on Wednesday with the aim of sealing deals to strengthen security ties, the presidency in Kampala said.

"We are receiving a high-level delegation from North Korea," Tamale Mirundi, spokesperson for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, told AFP.

"The president and Kim Yong Nam will be holding talks to strengthen further bilateral relations."

He added that North Korea had already started training Ugandan police in martial arts, and was "training our marine units" and was also "engaged in the health sector".

Special forces

Uganda has previously dismissed criticism of security deals and military training with North Korea. It denies any purchase of arms and says it has bought only "non-lethal equipment" from the Asian state to disperse protestors.

In April, Ugandan officials said the United Nations would be free to investigate any of its dealings with Pyongyang.

Kim last visited Uganda in 2008, as part of an Africa tour including Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia.

North Korean officers have also trained Ugandan tank crews and special forces, Museveni said earlier this year.

Ugandan troops are fighting in Somalia against al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents, as part of a UN-backed African Union force.

They are also fighting in neighbouring South Sudan, backing government forces against rebel troops, as well leading AU efforts to hunt down Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in the Central African Republic.

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