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Russia’s Putin Welcomes Uganda’s Envoy amid Bolstered Economic Ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin received Uganda’s ambassador to his country – Johnson Agara Olwa,

Russian President Vladimir Putin received Uganda’s ambassador to his country – Johnson Agara Olwa, officials have said in a statement.

Olwa presented his credentials to Putin.

Putin, speaking at Alexander Hall, Grand Kremlin in Russia, said as quoted by officials, “In our cooperation with Uganda we believe that one of our priorities is to be able to progressively develop trade, economic, military and technical ties.”

The president also urged “stepping up” the implementation of “the bilateral Intergovernmental Commision.”

The agreement to stimulate bilateral cooperation between Uganda and Russia was signed in 2015.

It is aimed at enhancing cooperation in the economic, social, water, environment and political spheres between the two countries.

Dubbed Uganda-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation — the project is intended to enable Russia support Uganda in areas such as oil, technology, road construction, geological exploration, power projects and water purification.

It was signed by Okello Oryem, minister for foreign affairs on behalf of Uganda and Alexey Volin, deputy minister of telecom and mass communications signed on behalf of the Russian government.

Diplomatic relations between Uganda and Russia date back in 1962 when the first agreement between Kampala and Moscow was signed.

President Museveni himself has visited Moscow and met with Putin, the latest being 2012 when the duo held bilateral talks about among other things prospects in energy, engineering, geologic exploration, construction and finances.

The two countries also maintain close defence and military relations.

Concluding his speech, Putin said: “We welcome and praise the role of the Ugandan leadership in terms of maintaining peace and stability in the African Continent.”

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