WASHINGTON, June 17– Uganda’s Foreign Minister, Sam Kutesa, has held talks with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, in Washington DC on peace and security in the East Africa region.

Kutesa. who was recently elected to be the President of the United Nations General Assembly for the coming session, also shared with Kerry the priorities he outlined for the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, according to a statement issued over the weekend by Uganda’s UN Mission in New York.

“Kutesa and Secretary Kerry discussed regional peace and security matters and agreed that Uganda and the US will continue working closely to find solutions to regional challenges, especially that of the LRA (Lords Resistance Army),” the statement said.

The meeting took place on June 12, a day after Kutesa was elected.

Kutesa and Kerry also exchanged views on the upcoming US-Africa Leaders’ Summit due to take place in Washington DC on Aug 5 and 6, under the theme: “Investing in the next generation.” President Yoweri Museveni is one of the leaders invited to Washington for the summit to be hosted by US President Barack Obama.

As president, Kutesa will preside over the United Nations General Assembly for a one year starting Sept 16 for which he has chosen the theme: “Delivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda”.

The meeting with Kerry was also attended by Ambassador James Mugume, the foreign ministry’s permanent secretary, Ambassador Oliver Wonekha, Uganda’s ambassador to the US, Dr. Richard Nduhura, Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the UN as well as senior foreign ministry officials.


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