President Museveni Welcomes New Envoys, Pledges Stronger Bilateral Ties

KAMPALA – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has accepted the credentials of nine (9) esteemed envoys, newly designated to represent their nations in Uganda.

Among these envoys were distinguished Ambassadors and High Commissioners hailing from the Republic of Ethiopia, India, Belgium, Namibia, Malawi, Philippines, Mozambique, Brazil, and Canada. This significant event unfolded on Tuesday, the 22nd of August, 2023, within the dignified setting of State House in Entebbe.

Setting the tone for the proceedings, the newly appointed Ambassador of Ethiopia to Uganda, H.E. Etsegenet Bezabih Yimenu, was the first to present her credentials. With warmth and diplomacy, she extended greetings from the Ethiopian President, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, to President Museveni.

Amid her earnest remarks, Ambassador Yimenu pledged her commitment to fortify the robust relationship already in place between Ethiopia and Uganda. A comprehensive exchange on matters of mutual interest further underscored her diplomatic overture.

Following this, H.E. Upender Singh Rawat, the Ambassador of India to Uganda, also delivered his letters of credence to President Museveni. Having previously served as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Panama, H.E. Singh Rawat assured the Ugandan President of his unwavering dedication to enhancing the existing bilateral relationship between India and Uganda. Grounded in partnership and shared interests, this commitment aimed to pave the way for more prosperous cooperation.

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Ambassador Hugues Chantry of Belgium also joined the distinguished group, presenting his credentials to the President. With regards from the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Alexander De Croo, Ambassador Chantry expressed his nation’s desire to strengthen the bilateral ties uniting their two countries. This pledge for mutual growth and cooperation set the stage for further diplomatic conversations.

The credentials presentation continued with the Namibian High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E. Lebbius Tangeni Tobias, who extended his credentials to President Museveni.

Accompanied by Mr. Godfrey Kirumira, recently appointed Honorary Consul of Namibia to Uganda, and his spouse Mrs. Grace Namara Kirumira, H.E. Tobias sought to deepen the longstanding relations between Uganda and Namibia. These ties, rich in history, stood to gain even greater strength under his stewardship.

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H.E. Callista Jennie Mutharika, the High Commissioner of Malawi to Uganda, conveyed the warm regards of the President of Malawi, H.E. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, to his Ugandan counterpart. Her commitment to nurturing economic, political, and social connections between the two nations formed the cornerstone of her diplomatic mission.

Addressing President Museveni, H.E. Mutharika voiced Malawi’s aspiration for Uganda’s support in adding value to their agricultural and livestock products, as well as in their pursuit of retaining their position at the UN Human Rights Council.

Continuing the presentation of credentials, the Ambassador of the Philippines to Uganda, H.E. Marie Charlotte G. Tang, and the Mozambique High Commissioner to Uganda, H.E. Jeronimo Rosa Joao Chivavi, reaffirmed their commitment to fostering robust bilateral relationships with Uganda. Their diplomatic endeavors stood poised to bolster mutual growth and understanding.

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The proceedings culminated with the reception of credentials from H.E. Silvio Jose Albuquerque, the newly appointed Ambassador of Brazil to Uganda, and H.E. Ambassador Christopher Thornley of Canada.

Engaging with these envoys, President Museveni highlighted the immense market potential that the African continent holds for Europe and Asia. He encouraged companies from both Canada and Brazil to harness this potential through collaborative efforts.

In closing, President Museveni warmly welcomed the new envoys to Uganda. He reiterated his dedication to nurturing cordial relations rooted in mutual respect and cooperation.

Among the attendees was the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of Regional Cooperation, Hon. John Mulimba, and other esteemed government officials who witnessed this diplomatic ceremony.

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