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Uganda, U.S Move To Resolve Diplomatic Row

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The Premier made the remarks on Friday while receiving the United States Ambassador to Uganda who called on him at his Office in Kampala.


The development comes against the backdrop of strained relations between U.S and Uganda after the enactment of the anti-gay legislation.


While Kampala believes the law is aimed at consolidating the traditional African marriage set up and banning sexual exhibitionism, Washington said the legislation would violate rights of gays and lesbians.


U.S has since threatened to cut aid to Uganda but President Museveni has reassured the country will move on despite such provocations and “carelessness.”


Mbabazi and Scott “discussed ways of promoting human rights issues and good governance,” according to a press statement from the office of the Prime Minister.


It did not delve into details.


Diplomats from both countries have in recent weeks stepped up efforts to normalise their relations.


However, Scott has on several occasions urged youth to rise up and challenge government on service delivery, statements that have angered Kampala.


He recently warned Uganda of tough times ahead if it does not repeal the Anti-homosexuality law.


“We believe it should be repealed to ensure that it does not result in discrimination of the kind that complicates the implementation of numerous programs constituting our engagement with Uganda,” said Scott.


Speaking at the International Home and Housewares Pre-Departure Reception in Kampala recently, the envoy further warned: “In the days ahead, the engagement between our governments will not be business as usual. But neither will it be no business at all.


In his meeting with Mbabazi, the Ambassador pledged the commitment of the American Government to continue supporting Uganda to transform its economy.


The Ambassador was accompanied by the United States Deputy Chief of Mission, Patricia Mahoney.

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