Kampala/New Delhi :Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan, during his three-day visit to Uganda, called on President Yoweri Museveni, who emphasized the special nature of India-Uganda relations and expressed his desire to further strengthen the relations.
During his talks, Muraleedharan recalled President Museveni’s visit to India in October 2015 for the India-Africa Forum Summit, and briefed him about the current state of bilateral relations and discussed ways and means to take these relations forward, an official statement said.
He also called on the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Jacob L. Oulanyah and invited him to visit India for the centennial celebration of the Public Accounts Committee in December 2021. The Ugandan Speaker has accepted the invitation.
Muraleedharan had detailed discussions with the Ugandan MoS for Foreign Affairs, Oryem Okello covering the entire gamut of our bilateral relations including trade and investment, health, energy, agriculture, cultural exchanges, Indian Community-related matters and other bilateral and multi-lateral issues. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in these areas.
MoS inaugurated the Learning Centre set-up under e-Vidhya Bharti e-Arogya Bharti (E-VBAB) at the College of Computing & Information Science at Makerere University in Kampala. This is expected to serve the education needs of young Ugandan students who can avail distance education facility from Indian universities.
During the visit, he also held a useful interaction with the Indian diaspora in Kampala and also participated in the Indian Business Forum organized by the Indian Association of Uganda. He also addressed a business gathering organized by the Uganda Investment Authority.
MoS visited Jinja to pay homage at the Bust of Mahatma Gandhi. This is the site where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed and is expected to be the site for the Mahatma Gandhi Heritage Centre (MGHC).
The MoS’s visit to Uganda contributed to consolidation of India-Uganda relations on the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and international issues, and set out a road map for future engagements, the statement said.