Palestine to reopen embassy as Uganda, PLO to promote Arab-African issues

Saturday 7th January 2012

President Yoweri Museveni and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine said there is need to invest more enough effort in rebuilding Africa Arab relations, adding that they would work towards redirecting these relations based on trust, development and cooperation.

The two presidents were today meeting at State House in Entebbe.

“This is a very good idea and we shall work on it. There is a lot of potential in this. Once we recognize and appreciate each other’s differences, we live in peaceful relationships that recognize diversity,” President Museveni said.

President Museveni reiterated Uganda’s principled position of support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination according to the two-state solution to exist side by side, security and prosperity.

President Mahmoud Abbas who arrived in the country on January 6 on a working visit at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni, commended the Uganda government for the many great achievements made in economic development, consolidation of democracy, peace, stability in the country and the region. He called for increased support of Uganda towards the creation of an internationally recognized, sovereign and independent state of Palestine.

President Mahmoud who was accompanied by Dr. Riyad Malki the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Palestinian Ambassador to Uganda Zuhair Al-Shun,expressed appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation.

During their bilateral talks, the two leaders discussed Middle East issues, and expressed concern over the continuing Israel-Palestinian conflict which has affected millions of people and fuels insecurity and instability in the region. They were however encouraged by the efforts of the Quartet for a meeting in Amman Jordan.

The two leaders later witnessed the signing of a joint communiqué by Uganda’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Asuman Kiyingi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine Dr. Riyad Malki in which the two countries expressed their commitment to develop further, the existing cordial relations between the two peoples and establish a framework of cooperation in the political, diplomatic, economic and social fields.

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