External Affairs Minister of India, S. Jaishankar on April 11 met his Ugandan counterpart General Odongo Jeje in Kampala and took stock of the “close and historical ties” between the two nations, and explored the possibilities of partnerships in trade, investments, energy, defence and air connectivity.
Jaishankar is on a two-nation visit to Uganda and Mozambique from April 10-15 to strengthen India’s robust bilateral relations with the two African countries. He affirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kampala principles will be further implemented with a focus on digital, green and health projects. The minister, who arrived in Uganda on April 10, met President Yoweri Museveni at his farm in Rwakitura and conveyed to him the personal greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reiterated India’s full support to Uganda for a very successful chairship of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM).
In 2018, Prime Minister Modi unveiled a set of 10 guiding principles that would dictate India’s engagement with Africa. In his speech at the Ugandan parliament, he outlined a vision for not only a bilateral relationship with Africa, but also a partnership at the global level.
The External Affairs Minister also participated in the virtual groundbreaking ceremony of solar-powered piped drinking water supply systems funded by the Exim Bank in Uganda. He said India would like to use the G20 presidency to get the forum focussed on its mandate which is global growth and development and issues important for Uganda.