By Umaru Kashaka
Uganda and Angola have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening and improving political and economic cooperation between the two countries.
The bilateral agreement was signed by Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa and his Angolan counterpart George Chicote at the ministry’s headquarters in Kampala.
Kutesa, who was accompanied by his permanent secretary James Mugume, noted that although the relations between the two countries are currently excellent, the agreement will go along away especially in improving trade between the two countries.
“This is a ground breaking agreement in terms of strengthening our bilateral relationships. Our relations are excellent, but we need to work on them,” he said.
While congratulating Angola upon assuming the chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) last month and exuding enormous enthusiasm, Kutesa stressed that Uganda will work together with Angola in ensuring there is peace and stability in the region.
Chicote, who led the Angolan delegation, hailed the government of Uganda and in particular President Yoweri Museveni for his peace efforts in the Great Lakes Region that saw the complex security situation in the DRC addressed.
“President Museveni worked hard in bringing peace especially in DR Congo as the chairman of the ICGLR, and we thank him for that. We now urge the people of DR Congo to consolidate it,” he said.
He added that they we will continue collaborating with the Ugandan government in improving the friendship.