Putin invites Museveni to Kremlin

Published by Daily Monitor
On 25 November 2016 saa 12:06
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The statement did not state if President Museveni accepted the invitation and, if so, when it would happen.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited President Museveni to visit the Kremlin, according to Russia’s new Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Alexander Dmitrievich Polyakov.

A State House statement issued on Thursday noted that the envoy delivered the invitation on Wednesday while presenting his credentials, and he described Mr Museveni as a “renowned leader on the African continent.”

The statement did not say if President Museveni accepted the invitation and, if so, when it would happen.

Bilateral Uganda-Russia relations have increasingly strengthened, with prospects of a Russian firm building Uganda’s planned $4.5 billion oil refinery. UPDF, the Ugandan military, a few years ago bought a squadron of Sukhoi-Su 30 fighter jets from Russia continues as well to supply other military hardware.

State House said Mr Museveni proposed to the new Russian Ambassador that Moscow should consider establishing a shipping line that would link the Eastern African Region with Russia.

This, according to the President, would promote the export of food and other items from the eastern African region to Russia.

On Wednesday, six other newly-accredited ambassadors presented their credentials to President Museveni during a function at State House, Entebbe. They include Egypt’s Mai Taha Mohammed Khali, Dmitry Kutel of Belarus, Indonesia’s Soehardjono Sastromihardjo, Palestine’s Nasri Abujaish, Ralph Heckner of Switzerland and Mr Raza Bashir Tarar as the new Pakistani High Commissioner to Uganda.

President Museveni asked the Egyptian government to protect wetlands to save the shared River Nile.

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A file photo of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (2nd L) at a Victory Day parade