Jerusalem, 12 January 2003

Ugandan President to Visit Israel 13-18 January 2003
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, will arrive tomorrow (13 Jan), for a six-day visit in Israel. In the course of his stay in the country, he will meet with the President of the State, Moshe Katsav, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Bilateral relations between Israel and Uganda were renewed in July 1994. The Embassy of Israel in Nairobi is accredited to Uganda, and the Ugandan Ambassador in Egypt is accredited to Israel. In 1996, Uganda also appointed an honorary consul in Israel. The relations between Uganda and Israel have consistently been warm, and are expressed mainly through the activities of the Israel Foreign Ministry’s Center for International Cooperation (MASHAV), as well as commercial ties.

President Museveni came to power in 1986, and in March 2001 was elected to additional term of five years. During the course of his tenure, he instituted many internationally-acclaimed reforms, along with programs to rehabilitate Uganda following to rule of Idi Amin. Domestically, President Museveni is carrying out a determined struggle against terrorist groups operating primarily in the northern region of the country. He has also worked in recent months to strengthen relations between Uganda and its neighboring countries.