Israel Press Insist On Uganda Accepting African Immigrants


information pills information pills geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Haaretz newspaper reported on Monday that Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s announcement that Uganda has agreed to take in African migrants now in Israel – a statement Uganda denies – may have been premature, but it was not completely unfounded.

Quoting Israeli government officials, Haaretz said though there was no form of written agreement between the two countries, they had reached a “verbal agreement” on the immigrants.

Uganda last week described reports that it would host the immigrants in exchange for arms as “baseless.”

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to correct the wrong information and impression created by the story in the press quoting the Times of Israel newspaper, that Uganda was revealed as the East African country that will absorb immigrants to be deported by Israel in the coming months,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“The Ministry finds the story baseless, unfounded and misleading to the Ugandan public and the entire international community. Uganda has not involved itself in such a deal as written in that article and strongly distances itself from such poorly researched rumors,” it added.

“Certainly Uganda has been a home of a cross section of refugees from across Africa and beyond and has a clear refugee law which ensures that any asylum seekers and refugees follow both the national and international law. Such a deal does not fall under the above categories.”

The Ministry further noted that Uganda encourages all States to the Convention related to Status of Refugees to fully abide by the principles therein especially that of “non refoulement” and burden sharing of hosting refugees.

“Failed asylum seekers or illegal immigrants elsewhere are not necessarily a responsibility of the Government of Uganda.”

Uganda and Israel enjoy a warm relationship that has seen UPDF officers receive military training in the Middle East country.


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