By Watchdog reporter

President Yoweri Museveni has received credentials of 7 newly accredited envoys to Uganda. The separate ceremonies took place yesterday at State House, Entebbe and were attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa.

The new envoys are from Egypt, Russia, Belarus, Indonesia, Palestine, Pakistan and Switzerland.

While receiving the letters of credence of new Egyptian Ambassador, Ms. Mai Taha Mohammed Khali, the President warmly welcomed her to Uganda and briefed her on the major role that the River whose source is Uganda is an important resource.

“The River Nile altitude drops by about 600 metres within Uganda. The big problem of the Nile is the environment. I want Egypt to help us with the protection of the wetlands,” he told the envoy who expressed her admiration of Uganda’s beautiful weather.

President Museveni proposed to the new Russian Ambassador, Mr. Alexander Dmitrievich Polyakov, that Moscow should look into the establishment of a shipping line that would link the Eastern African Region with Russia. He noted that the venture would enhance the export of food and other items from the Eastern African region to Russia.

The Russian envoy delivered to President Museveni an invitation from President Vladimir Putin to visit Russia. Ambassador Polyakov described President Museveni as a renowned leader on the African continent. He expressed strong conviction that Uganda and Russia would strengthen further the relations between the two countries.

Later, President Museveni received the credentials of the first Belarus Ambassador, Mr. Dmitry Kutel, whom he warmly welcomed to Uganda. He extended an invitation to President Alexander Lukashenko to pay a visit to Uganda.

Ambassador Kutel informed President Museveni that his country specializes in the manufacturing of heavy-duty trucks that are suitable for the construction sector. He also disclosed that Belarus manufactures tractors.

The President told the new Indonesian envoy, Mr. Soehardjono Sastromihardjo, that entrepreneurs from that country are welcome to carry out investments in Uganda. He particularly drew their attention to the promotion and development of the Ugandan textile sector. He commended the level of development that Indonesia has attained.

The new Indonesian Ambassador conveyed greetings from President Joko Widodo to President Museveni. He revealed that 6 Indonesian companies participated in the recent Trade Fair at Lugogo in Kampala and said that he looks forward to further improved friendly relations between Uganda and Indonesia.

President Museveni discussed matters of mutual between Uganda and Palestine after receiving the credentials of Ambassador Nasri Abujaish. Others were His Excellency Nasri Abujaish of Palestine, His Excellency High Commissioner Raza Bashir Tarar of Pakistan and His Excellency Ralph Heckner of Switzerland.

The President and the Envoy discussed matters of mutual interest between the 2 countries. Mr. Museveni pledged to assist the Palestinian mission in Uganda to a piece of land on which to construct premises to host the embassy.

The Palestinian envoy briefed President Museveni on the prevailing relations with Israel as well as the situation prevailing in the Middle East as a whole.

The President and the new Pakistani High Commissioner, Mr. Raza Bashir Tarar, discussed matters of mutual interest between Pakistan and Uganda. The new envoy conveyed greetings from Prime Minister Nawez Sharif to President Museveni.

Receiving the letters of credence of the new Swiss envoy, Mr. Ralph Heckner, President Museveni extended an invitation to Swiss contractors to come and work on roads and water supply schemes in the country. He invited the Swiss contractors to come and work on the roads and water supply schemes in the country. He informed the Ambassador that Uganda wants to build more roads in the oil-producing zone in the Uganda.

The President further said that his Government wants to cooperate with Switzerland in the utilization of River Kagera for irrigation purposes to serve the drought affected areas in South Western Uganda. He called on Swiss entrepreneurs to participate in value addition to Uganda’s agro products with particular reference to coffee.

He urged the Swiss Government to facilitate Uganda with affordable credit to build the roads especially in the Albertine Region where oil drilling is slated to be launched soon. He called for Swiss facilitation to African countries in the struggle for value addition to an assortment of products to ensure continued creation of employment opportunities. He informed the envoy that the East African region has a market of 160 million people.

President Museveni, while referring to conflicts in the East African zone, said that they were mainly caused by sectarianism. He, however, happily noted that sectarianism is a passing phenomenon.

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