Indian Premier Modi arrives for first visit to Uganda in 21 years

Posted: 2018-07-24T16:52:28Z
Indian Premier Modi arrives for first visit to Uganda in 21 years

Indian prime minister Shri Narendra Modi has arrived in Uganda for a state visit.

The premier arrived at State house Entebbe accompanied by a gig level delegation of senior officials of Government of India and a large business delegation. 

The two day state visit comes after an invitation by president Yoweri Museveni , and this is the first visit by an Indian prime minister in 21 years.

The premier was accorded a high level ceremonial welcome upon arrival at Entebbe international airport. 

The tow leaders held bilateral discussions at State house Entebbe. The president will also hold a special banquet for him. 

The premier will tomorrow address Parliament of Uganda, an event which will be telecast live in India and many African nations. He will later address a business event jointly organized by the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda and Confederation of Indian Industries. President Museveni is also expected to attend the same event. 

During the discussions today, both leaders underlined the traditionally warm and close ties between Uganda and India. Both sides also agreed that bilateral relations have tremendous potential and reaffirmed the mutual desire to strengthen political, economic, commercial, defence, technical, educational, scientific and mutual cooperation.

President Museveni also praised the contribution of 30,000 strong Indian diaspora towards Uganda's national development and economic growth. India on the other hand appreciated the significant role played by Uganda for economic integration and maintenance of peace and stability in the region.