The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Vincent Waiswa Bagiire has urged Defence Attachés (DA) and advisors to safeguard the country's interests in their respective areas of responsibility.
Bagiire, who was speaking at the three-day annual orientation workshop hosted at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MoDVA) headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala -- implored the diplomats to have a nationalistic approach to development issues.
"In protecting Uganda's interests, Defence Attachés should guide foreign service officers on methods of work," he said, adding that in the absence of diplomacy, there would be endless wars.
He further called for a regular evaluation of Defence Attaché performance to ensure a strong support mechanism amongst themselves.
His counterpart in the defence ministry, Rosette Byengoma, through the ministry's Human Resource Commissioner Cox Anguzo said the workshop intends to provide a better understanding of the new diplomatic challenges so as to ensure no room for error by all Defence Attachés and Advisors.
"You are there to represent legitimate interests of our Motherland, therefore protect our interests abroad," he said.
Ambassador David Etuket reminded participants of the need to preserve territorial integrity, regional peace and security for development to be sustained across the globe.
The workshop, which ends tomorrow, is being attended by Maj Gen Gervas Mugyenyi (DA to India), Maj Gen Michael Ondoga (Saudi Arabia, Maj Gen Stephen Kashaka (Tanzania), Brig Christopher Bbosa (China), and other senior UPDF officers.