Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Tuesday received a special message from Russia’s President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin which was delivered by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a ceremony at State House Entebbe.

Sergey Lavrov and his delegation who have been on a two-day official visit to Uganda as part of his tour of African countries including Ethiopia, Egypt, Uganda, and Congo-Brazzaville later held a bilateral meeting with President Yoweri Museveni and his delegation before both leaders addressed a joint press conference.

Museveni commended Russia’s long-standing relationship with Uganda describing Lavrov’s visit as the first by a high-ranking Russian official.

“The people of Uganda and myself welcome you here, you are the first high-level Russian government leader who has ever visited Uganda, he said adding, “Russia has been supporting the anti-colonial African movement for the last 100 years.”

Museveni noted that Russia is one of the countries which came to the defence of African countries in the fight against colonialism at a time when African chiefs failed to defend their countries.
He said there are a lot of potential areas of cooperation in addition to security citing agriculture such as coffee, bananas, tea, milk and beef among others.

He also highlighted cooperation in space science, nuclear energy and pathogenic economy saying that the Uganda market together with East Africa and Africa, in general, is enough potential for trade
President Museveni said that with trade agreements, some of the African products that have been going to Russia through western Europe could go directly to benefit both sides.

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