Monday 24 October 2016

Swaraj Meets Ugandan Foreign Minister

New Delhi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held a meeting with her Ugandan counterpart Sam Kutesa during which key bilateral issues like trade and development projects were discussed.

Kutesa, who is here on a five-day visit, has been elected as the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, which will begin in September.

Bilateral issues including trade and developmental projects were discussed during the meeting between the two leaders besides the UN since he will be the next President of the UNGA, an official here said.

Kutesa has expressed Uganda'ss desire to build on excellent relations between the two countries, whether bilaterally or in multilateral platforms, by working with the new government in India.

He underlined the potential for developmental cooperation between India and Uganda in the fields of investment, ICT, hydropower and capacity-building.

Kutesa has brought along a delegation which included Minister of Information, Communication and Technology John Nasasira, Minister of State for Fisheries Ruth Nankabirwa, Minister of State for Investments Ajedra Gabriel Aridru and other senior officials of the Ugandan government.

India is Uganda's largest trade partner and Uganda has a large population of Indian origin people who make significant contribution to Uganda's economy and society.

India and Uganda also cooperate closely in capacity building fields, including human resource development.

A large number of Ugandan students are currently studying in various Indian institutions of higher education.

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