Jul 5, 2022 to Jul 5, 2022

President Yoweri Museveni has held discussions with Algeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra whom he hosted at his country home in Rwakitura in Kiruhura district.

During the meeting on Thursday, Lamamra delivered a special message and fraternal warm greetings from the President of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune to President Museveni.

At the meeting that was also attended by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, John Mulimba, the President and his guest discussed bilateral cooperation between the two sister countries in the fields of Trade, Agriculture and Security, among others.

Listing a number of business opportunities, Museveni urged the Algerians to come and invest in Uganda especially in Agricultural value additional, according to a press release from State House.

For instance, he said that since Uganda produces a lot of agricultural products like maize and milk, Algeria should stop importing milk from Europe and buy it from Uganda.

On the issue of conflicts in some African countries, President Museveni said that the problem has been over-dependence on the outside countries. The solution, therefore, he said, is working together as Africa.

“There has been a crisis in Africa and part of the problem was Africans thinking of depending on Europe. The solution is to work together,” he said.

The President gave an example of border conflicts and said that if one country wants to revise colonial borders, they should do it diplomatically.

“When we decided to form the regional blocs like COMESA here, the plan was to bring Africa to work together. The progressive States of Africa should not listen to divisions,” he said.

Museveni commended Algeria for being on the right side of the liberation struggle and said they will continue being good allies.

Responding to the investment proposals, Lamamra said that Algeria and Uganda need to do more when it comes to cooperation especially in the field of trade, revealing that a business council has been established to discuss areas of trade between Uganda and Algeria.

He also said Algeria would continue to give scholarships for both civilians and military in Uganda to exchange experience.

While in Rwakitura, he delivered a special invitation from President Tebboune to Museveni asking him to attend the 60th Independence Anniversary of Algeria slated to take place on July 5, 2022.

“My President is inviting you to the celebration of our 60th independence Anniversary.Ten African leader have been invited and, Your Excellency, you are one of them,” he said.

Dignitaries at the meeting included the Ambassador of Algeria to Uganda Oualid Cherif, and Alintuma Nsambu, the Uganda Ambassador in Algiers.