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Ugandan president begins state visit to Algeria from Saturday

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni began a state visit to Algeria on Saturday, which will last until next Tuesday, at the invitation of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

This visit holds particular importance in strengthening the positive dynamic of brotherly relations and cooperation between the two countries, consolidating their joint commitment to African issues, and reaffirming their aspiration for peace and development of African peoples.

Algeria and Uganda agree on the imperative need to develop joint African action within the framework of the African Union (AU), in order to safeguard the continent’s countries from the tensions prevailing in the international situation and enable them to meet the resulting challenges. The two countries also share the same position on strengthening consultation and coordination within international organizations and the Non-Aligned Movement.

This particular convergence of views between the two countries regarding the importance of solidarity and mutual assistance among African countries was highlighted during the audience granted last October by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune to Ugandan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of regional cooperation, John Mulimba. Mr. Mulimba’s talks with Algerian officials reaffirmed the willingness of Presidents Tebboune and Museveni to work towards strengthening the historical ties of brotherhood and cooperation between the two countries, in the continuity of their common struggle for independence and their pan-Africanist commitment to the service of the causes of Africa and developing countries.

Algeria and Uganda also agree on supporting the right of peoples to freedom and independence. In this context, Mr. Mulimba reiterated in his participation last January in the 16th Congress of the Polisario Front in the Sahrawi refugee camps, the mobilization of his country, government and people, to “defend the right of peoples to freedom and independence”. He conveyed a message from President Museveni affirming “his country’s commitment to supporting the Sahrawi people and their just cause, as well as their right to freedom and independence”.

Mr. Mulimba also highlighted in this regard the position of Uganda’s ruling party under the presidency of Mr. Museveni, calling on the African Union (AU) to “respect its commitments regarding the defense of the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination and the consecration of their state as a founding member of the AU”.

On the diplomatic front, Algeria and Uganda have signed a convention on the mutual exemption of visas for holders of diplomatic and mission passports, in addition to a memorandum of understanding on bilateral political consultation. These two conventions represent a new step in the consolidation of the positive dynamic that the fraternal relations and cooperation between the two countries are experiencing and the strengthening of their joint commitment to African issues.

Bilateral cooperation between Algeria and Uganda also covers the economic aspect, with both parties expressing their commitment to promoting their economic partnership in order to “ensure better exploitation of their assets”.

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