External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar, paid an official visit to the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Mozambique from 10-15 April 2023. He also made a brief stopover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 13 April 2023.
Uganda: EAM visited Uganda from 10-12 April 2023. In Kampala, EAM called on President H.E. Mr. Yoweri Museveni, and had comprehensive discussions with his counterpart, the Foreign Minister of Uganda, H.E. General Jeje Odongo covering a wide range of issues. EAM along with the Minister of Water and Environment of Uganda formally launched the EXIM Bank funded project that will supply drinking water to half a million people in 20 districts of Uganda. He also had a meeting with the 25-member Parliamentary Forum on Indian Affairs to exchange views on parliamentary cooperation and India’s development partnership with Uganda.
In a landmark event, attended by Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Ms. Lukia Nakadama, Minister of Defence H.E. Mr. Vincent Ssempijja, and the Foreign Minister H.E. General Jeje Odongo, EAM inaugurated the first overseas campus of the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) in Jinja, Uganda. The campus, presently located in a transit building, will start classes immediately. EAM also signed a MoU between the Government of India and the Government of Uganda for setting up of a permanent campus of NFSU in Jinja. While in Jinja, he also paid homage to the bust of Mahatma Gandhi. The spot marks the place where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in the River Nile in 1948.
EAM also interacted with the Indian community of Uganda and addressed the Indian Business Forum, which was attened by Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives H.E. Mr. Mwebesa Francis. EAM also formally launched a project funded by the Indian community of Uganda for the restoration of the Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi. EAM also visited the Swaminarayan temple in Kampala.
Ethiopia: While on transit through Ethiopia, EAM met with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Demeke Mekonnen in his office. Bilateral, regional and multilateral issues including UN related issues were discussed.