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PRESS RELEASE: MEETING BETWEEN SAM KUTESA MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND CHINESE GOVERNMENT'S SPECIAL ENVOY ON AFRICAN AFFAIRS XU JINGHU

Thursday, 16th March 2017
Hon. Sam Kutesa meets with Ms Xu Jinghu in his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hon. Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday March 16th 2017 met with the Chinese Government's special Envoy on African Affairs Xu Jinghu at the Ministry Headquarters in Kampala.

During the meeting, Hon Kutesa said that China and Uganda share a profound traditional friendship, recalling how in recent years, the two countries have been deepening their cooperation in various bilateral areas including in infrastructure development, trade, culture and education.

Ms Xu said that Uganda and China had maintained close consultation and coordination in international affairs stating that China attaches great importance to developing ties with Uganda and is ready to strengthen bilateral ties even more. She recalled that cooperation at the highest levels of Government had demonstrated the strong ties between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Uganda.

Both sides also exchanged views on South Sudan and Somalia as well as other regional and international issues. Hon Kutesa expressed condolences to the people of China for the loss of Chinese peacekeepers who were serving in the UNMISS in October 2016 and thanked China for the support it has continued to render to the peace efforts in South Sudan.

Kutesa told Ms Xu that the famine and drought in South Sudan had reached dire levels and had consequently contributed to the steady influx of refugees into Uganda. He also took the opportunity to inform Ms Xu that Uganda had plans to hold a Solidarity Conference in May 2017 to mobilize resources to invest in sustainable infrastructure which would go a long way in supporting refugees and host communities. The Conference would be co-hosted by the UN Secretary General to the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres.

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