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East African defense experts meet in Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Defense experts from the east African countries are meeting in Uganda to discuss ways of strengthening regional peace and security.

A statement from Uganda’s ministry of defense said the five-day meeting that starts on Monday will among others look at the region’s Protocol on Peace and Security.

The statement said the region’s ministers of defense will also meet on Nov. 24 after the technical meetings.

East African countries under the East African Community (EAC) bloc include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.

Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda in January 2014 signed a pact on the establishment of the Mutual Defence, Peace and Security.

Experts say under the arrangement, the three countries will form a single defence territory, which means an attack on one will be considered aggression against all three.

The agreement also meant that the countries would carry out joint countering of security threats.

             

 

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