MoS V Muraleedharan was on an official visit to Uganda from November 11-13

The visit of Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has contributed to consolidation of India-Uganda relations on the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and international issues.

It has also set out a road map for future engagements, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Sunday.

MoS Muraleedharan was on an official visit to the Republic of Uganda from November 11-13.

He called on President of the Republic of Uganda Yoweri Museveni, who emphasized the special nature of India-Uganda relations and expressed his desire to further strengthen these relations.

According to the MEA, Muraleedharan recalled President Museveni’s visit to India in October 2015 for the India-Africa Forum Summit.

The MoS briefed the President of Uganda about the current state of bilateral relations and discussed ways and means to take these relations forward.

He also called on the Speaker of Ugandan Parliament Jacob L Oulanyah and invited him to visit India for the centennial celebration of Public Account Committee in December 2021. The Speaker accepted the invitation.

MoS Muraleedharan also had detailed discussions with the Ugandan MoS for Foreign Affairs Oryem Okello covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the MEA said.

This included 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.

The MoS had 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 addressed a business gathering organized by the Uganda Investment Authority.

The MoS External Affairs also 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 Mahatma Gandhi Heritage Centre (MGHC).
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