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H.E MUSEVENI TO INVITE FRENCH PRESIDENT H.E EMMANUEL MACRON FOR AN OFFICIAL VISIT AS THE OUTGOING FRENCH AMBASSADOR BIDS FAREWELL

Tuesday, 18th October 2022

H.E MUSEVENI TO INVITE FRENCHPRESIDENT H.E EMMANUEL MACRON FOR AN OFFICIAL VISIT AS THE OUTGOING FRENCHAMBASSADOR BIDS FAREWELL

 

President Yoweri Museveni is set to invite hisFrench counterpart H.E Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron for an officialvisit to Uganda next year when the country celebrates the NRM Liberation Day, observed on January 26th each year.

 

 “I’m going to write to H.E Macron and invitehim here to discuss African and World issues, includingEurope” H.E Museveni said, adding that “Europe has nothing to lose if they workwell with Africa”

The President revealed this on Monday while meetingthe outgoing French ambassador to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou whocalled on him at State house Entebbe.

Mr Aniambossou informed the President abouthis three-year diplomatic tour of duty to Uganda that has come to an endand lauded the cordial relations that exist between the two countriesof Uganda and France.

“For the time I have spent here, I discoveredUganda is a very beautiful country. I consider myself somehow like Ugandan andwill leave the country as an ambassador. We have done well on our bilateral relations,” he said.

Mr Aniambossou is now headed to Ghana where hewill serve his next 3 years as an ambassador of France in the west Africancountry.

The outgoing French Ambassador also updated the H.EPresident about the efforts by France to bring peace in Eastern Congo. He saidthis was top on agenda during the meeting H.E Emmanuel Jean-Michel FrédéricMacron the President of France held in Paris, the French Capital with the twoPresidents H.E Paul Kagame of Rwanda and H.E Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilomboof the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr Aniambossou however said a sustainable solutionto lasting peace in Eastern Congo cannot be achieved without the involvement of Uganda which has a wealthof experience in solving conflicts in the region.

“We know that we cannot find a sustainable solutionwithout Uganda. We also need to get your advice about the Nairobiprocess," He added.

PresidentMuseveni said he will have to discuss withPresident Macron who seems committed to the peace process in Eastern DRC.

“I would like really to sit down with MrMacron and we talk strategically. Europe has nothing to lose ifthey work well with Africa,” President Museveni said.

President Museveni noted that the availability ofborders has helped Africa to maintain peace between countries and ifanyone wanted to alter them, they should do it peacefully. He asked the Westernworld to support the East African approach of solving conflicts.

“The East African approach is a good onebecause it brings in more eyes, brings more transparency and isolates thetrouble makers. The western countries shouldsupport this, H.E Museveni said, adding that “When PresidentMacron comes here, we shall discuss further.”

According to President Museveni, theproblem in Eastern Congo is ideological, not knowing the relationship betweenpeace and wealth creation.

The outgoing French Ambassador commended Uganda’svibrant arts, culture and creative industry saying the government should put inmore effort in discovering and supporting talent in Uganda which has potentialin fighting unemployment.

“May be In about 10 years from now, thecreative industry will create more money than oil, People will nothave to look for jobs,” H.E Aniambossou said. He added that theUganda government should also consider having a minister for arts and culture.

H.E Museveni agreed to the idea saying whereasUganda is celebrating 60 years of independence, it is only 36 yearsof peace under the NRM government where the arts and creative industry hasregistered some achievements.

“When we came in 1986, it is true we concentratedon other areas of the economy like agriculture, infrastructure and others butnow because of the peace, this new group of young people, the artists are nowcoming up,” The President added.

 

ENDS

 


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