On Monday evening, President Yoweri Museveni hosted the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and several heads of state for a mini regional summit on security and anti-terrorism at State House, Entebbe.
Prime Minister Netanyahu attended as well as Heads of State including South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, Zambia president Edgar Lungu, Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwanda president Paul Kagame and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on short notice.
“We had a thorough discussion on security and economic cooperation,” Museveni said.
“Finally, let me once again commend the people of Israel for standing up to defend themselves since 1948.”
“I commend their founding fathers and subsequent leaders for weathering the storm and contributing to world security.”
Earlier in the day, Museveni to hosted Netanyahu, and his wife, Sara, at Entebbe Airport where they came to mark 40 years since the Entebbe raid.
Museveni said Idi Amin was wrong to keep the hostages and the Israelis were right to use their military capacity to rescue the hostages.
“As liberation fighters, we do not support the cowardly act of targeting non-combatants like the terrorists had done. Liberation movements only fight for just causes and never use terrorist methods.”
On the question of Israel and Palestine, Museveni said Uganda is guided by the Bible.
“Both states have a right to exist and we reject the bigotry that says the two cannot co-exist. Israel and Palestine should live side by side with clear border demarcation.”
And as Israel improves its relations with Africa, Museveni urged them to invest more in trade, tourism and technological cooperation with the continent.
“Forty years later, the sad events of 1976 should be turned into opportunity. Israel companies should invest in Africa.”