Uganda to open embassy in Cuba


Museveni meeting with Cuban Vice-President, Salvador Valdes Mesa at state house Entebbe.

Uganda to re-open its embassy in Cuba’s capital Havana after it was closed some years back over financial constraint, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

Museveni made the revelation during a meeting with Cuban Vice-President, Salvador Valdes Mesa at state house Entebbe.

Salvador arrived in Uganda on Tuesday evening for a two-day state visit.

Salvado landed at Entebbe International Airport at 5:00pm aboard Kenyan Airways and was received by the state minister in the office of the vice-president, Alex Onzima.

Others who received him included the Cuban ambassador to Uganda, Antanio Luis Pubillones.

While delivering a message from Cuba’s President, Raul Castro to President Museveni, Salvado said he was grateful for the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

He came to Uganda after visiting Zimbabwe and will also tour three other African countries including Botswana, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Senior presidential press secretary Don Wanyama said Salvado’s tour is aimed at revamping his country’s relationship with old African allies and identifying new partners as Cuba’s relations with her oldest foe, the US improves.

In 2014, Uganda and Cuba marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Wanyama said in return president Museveni too hailed their relationship saying the two countries have supported each other at international fora through the Non Allied Movement, G77 and at the UN to defend and protect their strategic political and economic interests.

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