Ambassador James Mugume, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the Russian Federation National Day on 13th June, 2016.
Speaking at the event, Mugume said the Russian Federation has a lot to be proud of.
“She is a world leader in many scientific fields including space technology, medicine and nanotechnology, to mention but a few.”
He said, in the arts, the Russian Federation has produced many masters including Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Mily Balakirev.
“We cannot talk of classic ballet without mentioning the Great Bolshoi Ballet Company.”
He also said Russia is above all a world power with commensurate responsibility for international peace and security.
According to the official, Uganda and the Russian Federation enjoy warm and cordial relations.
Many Ugandan students study in Russian universities today as indeed many did in the past.
“We are grateful that you have made a significant contribution to Uganda’s human resource development.”
Russian Universities have working relations with their Ugandan counterparts.
Busitema University initially established as an agricultural college with Russian assistance is today setting itself up as a national centre of excellence in agricultural engineering research and textile technology.
“We believe that with time this collaboration will realize its intended benefits.”
He said the co-operation extends further beyond bilateral relations.
“We co-operate strongly in international fora including the United Nations where Russia is a permanent member of the Security Council.”
“We are grateful that your country has used this privileged position to advance not only her own interests but also those of African countries.”
He thanked Russia for supporting Africa’s struggle for freedom and against apartheid.
In the past few years the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa has had challenges regarding peace and security.
Together with other countries, Russia has been forthcoming whenever approached for actions and solutions to advance stability in these two regions.
“A lot has been achieved but more remains to be done. It is Uganda’s hope that the Russian Federation shall continue to play a positive role in this regard.”
He concluded with a toast to the good relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uganda and the continued good health of two leaders, President Vladmir Putin and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.