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UGANDA: The region is tough but Uganda has continued brokering peace – US Ambassador Malac.

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H.E. Deborah Malac, the US outgoing Ambassador to Uganda has commended the country for its role in stabilizing the region.

Ms Malac was speaking during her last press conference on Thursday, January 23 in Kampala.

“The region is a tough and difficult neighbourhood in eastern DRC, Sudan, South Sudan, and Burundi but Uganda has continued brokering peace,” Malac said.

She said that in her time, the US has supported the training, equipping and deployment of nearly 25000 Uganda military personnel to Somalia to help in improving regional security and stability.

The Ambassador added that her government will continue supporting Uganda’s efforts to ensure stability in the region.

“We will do everything we can to ensure Uganda remains stable so as to continue with efforts to provide support to other countries,” Malac said.

Ms Malac, a career diplomat was nominated by former US President Barack Obama in September 2015 and took over from Ambassador Scott Deilsi who had announced his retirement. Senate confirmed her appointment in November 2015 and she presented her credentials to President Yoweri Museveni in February 2016.

Malac will be replaced by Natalie E. Brown, the Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Eritrea.

In a September report sent to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the US State Department said Ms Brown, who has also previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission of U.S Embassy in Tunisia, has the necessary experience for the job.

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