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EU, Uganda should work for people's good - Museveni

Friday, 19th February 2021
Uganda and the European Union (EU) are not adversaries and should focus on strengthening their shared goals, President Museveni has said. The President made the remarks on Thursday, February 18th, 2021 at a meeting with EU envoys at State House, Entebbe.

The envoys were led by their head of delegation, Attilio Pacifici.  Others were Per Lindgarde (Sweden), William Carlos (Ireland), Rudi Veestraeten (Belgium), Jules Armand Ania Mbossou (France), Nicolaj Itejberg Peterson (Denmark), Massimiliano Mazzanti (Italy), Mathias Schauer (Germany), Karin Boven  (Netherlands) and Dr. Roswitha Kremser of Austria.

"For us we don't see you as enemies, remove all the diversions and concentrate on the shared goals and help one another for the prosperity of our people," said President Museveni.
 
President Museveni, who reminded the envoys of the political history of Africa in general and Uganda in particular, also discussed a wide range of issues with his guests covering political, social and economic sectors. The President, however, cautioned the envoys against involvement in matters that they are not conversant with, something that could have "serious consequences".

"By involving yourselves in matters that you don't understand, even if you do understand, you should not get involved because this kind of misconduct can lead to many serious consequences and suffering of the people like it happened in some African countries," he said.
 
President Museveni further advised the envoys to always consult with government officials in case they want clarification on any issues. He promised to share with the envoys a report on the investigations being carried out by security agencies following the November 2020 riots in Kampala and other urban areas where some lives were lost.

The envoys appreciated the cordial and friendly relationship existing between the EU and Uganda. Ambassador Per Lindgarde of Sweden expressed their readiness to continue supporting development programmes in Uganda.

The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa, Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo and other senior government officials.

Source: State House, Entebbe

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