The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has urged intelligence and security services in the East African region to focus on developing mechanisms for information sharing and joint operations to effectively combat the increasing incidences of terrorism.
The Premier said terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, al-Shabab, and allied democratic forces (ADF) must be defeated to protect regional interests.
Dr Rugunda made the remarks while opening the second meeting of heads of intelligence and security services of the member states of the Intergovernmental authority on development (IGAD) and East African Community (EAC) region at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Tuesday.
He said enhanced cooperation amongst security agencies will secure and promote peace in the region, a prerequisite for development.
The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui said the state of peace and security in the East Africa was of great concern, adding that there were still challenges to be overcome especially in Burundi, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.
He also thanked President Yoweri Museveni for overseeing the dialogue between government and the opposition in Burundi for a peaceful transition.
Ambassador Smail said terrorist groups such as al-Shabaab are jointly working with other terrorist groups and criminal gangs to reinforce each other hence need for more information sharing and determination to eradicate this global scourge.
He also reminded the regional intelligence and security heads about possible election violence in the region since 2015-2017 are election years in the region.