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Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 15.00 GMT

Sri Lanka Uganda relations strengthened


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Janet Kataaha Museveni and First Lady & Minister for Karamoja Affairs of the Republic of Uganda concluded a three day State Visit to Sri Lanka, having arrived on the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka and Uganda established diplomatic relations in 1972. Reflecting on the warm and friendly relations between the two countries, bilateral discussions between the two Presidents were held in a cordial manner, states the Ministry of External Affairs.

At the discussion, President Rajapaksa briefed President Museveni on current developments in Sri Lanka and appreciated the support extended by Uganda in the international arena, particularly at the United Nations and other multilateral fora.

President Museveni congratulated President Rajapaksa and his Government on defeating LTTE terrorism and took the opportunity to thank President Rajapaksa for allocating US $ 1.5 million to upgrade the Masulita Institute and to establish “Sri Lanka-Uganda Friendship Vocational and Technical Training Centre (SLUF-VTTC)”, which in turn would assist human resource development in Uganda.

President Museveni invited Sri Lankan Business Community to invest in Uganda especially in the Hydropower, Tea and Apparel sectors and highlighted the possibilities of exporting their excess products such as milk powder and related products to Sri Lanka. The two leaders agreed to improve trade and economic relations and air connectivity between the two countries.

At the conclusion of the bilateral discussions, the leaders witnessed the signing of five (05) Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs)/Agreements between the two countries namely, MoU on Establishment of Sri Lanka-Uganda Friendship Vocational and Technical Training Centre (SLUF-VTTC) in Uganda, Agreement on Economic, Commercial and Technical Cooperation, MoU on Tourism Cooperation, MoU on Bilateral Political Consultations and the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Culture.

The State Visit of the Ugandan President to Sri Lanka opened a new era in bilateral relations between Uganda and Sri Lanka. It further strengthened mutual friendship and opened new avenues in economic, political and cultural cooperation between the two countries, the Ministry further said.




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