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Kerry says US still needs Museveni


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US Secretary of State, John Kerry, says America still needs the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni in order to end unresolved regional conflicts.

Kerry made the remarks last evening while meeting Museveni on the sidelines of the UN Summit in New York.

“We need to ‘finish the jobs’ in Somalia, South Sudan and the Lord’s Resistance Army,” Kerry said.

He said Somalia now has the ability to build a better government.

“We have made tremendous progress, we need a successful story. What do we need to do to finish this job,” – Secretary John Kerry.

He commended President Museveni’s peace efforts, clarifying that US needed his leadership to resolve the conflict situations in Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi and the LRA.

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In their bilateral meeting, Museveni and Kerry discussed regional security extensively but putting emphasis on the situation in Burundi.

The volatile East African nation continues to be plagued by violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza gave himself a third term in office.

Museveni was appointed chief mediator of the crisis but Nkurunziza ignored his efforts collapsing the talks in the process.

In Somalia, Amisom troops have of recent started losing towns to Al Shababan insurgents and regressing in the earlier achievements.

It was UPDF intelligence that guided US drone strikes that killed Shebab chief, Godane.

In South Sudan, President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar signed a peace agreement but real stability is yet to be realized.

These are some of the conflicts Kerry said US needs Museveni to help resolve.

Meanwhile, on the same day, President Museveni also met US President, Barack Obama.

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