India and Uganda have pledged to strengthen their cooperation in various sectors following a three-day working visit to Kampala by Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar the External Affairs Minister of India.
Dr. Jaishankar arrived in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Monday afternoon and met with President Yoweri Museveni at his farm home in western Uganda.
“Discussed cooperation in trade and investment, infrastructure, energy, defense, health, digital and agricultural domains,” said Dr. Jaishankar.
India’s top diplomat also said he met Uganda’s Foreign Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo and Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs, Vincent Ssempijja.
Dr. Jaishankar congratulated Uganda on assuming the chairship of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on behalf of Africa for the period from 2023 to 2025. All African countries, save for South Sudan, are members of the NAM.
The Non-Aligned Movement was formed in 1961 during the end of the colonial system and the independence struggles globally and at the height of the Cold War.
The NAM is composed of 120 member states from the developing world and is the largest forum for political coordination and consultation after and within the United Nations.
It is a forum that is not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.
While in Uganda, Dr. Jaishankar participated in the launch of the Tulsi Ghat Restoration Project in Varanasi.
“The conservation of Varanasi’s heritage underlines the cultural revival of India. This has profound global implications,” said Dr. Jaishankar.
According to his itenerary, Dr. Jaishankar is scheduled to visit Mozambique (April 13-14) and this will be the first visit to the country by India’s Foreign Affairs Minister.
Dr. Jaishankar will meet with the Mozambique top leadership and co-chair the 5th session of the Joint Commission meeting with Mozambican Foreign Minister Veronica Macamo.