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Israel will not condemn the Anti - Homosexuality law - Ambassador Gil Haskel

Tuesday, 4th March 2014
Hon Okello Oryem, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs receives Mr. Gil Haskel

Israeli Ambassador to Uganda H.E. Gil Haskel has revealed that Israel has not joined other countries to condemn the anti-homosexuality law because Israel does not believe in meddling with other countries' internal policies. He said this in a meeting with Hon Okello Oryem, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs in Mweya boardroom at MOFA.

The two officials discussed other matters of bilateral interest between the two countries including

  • Proposed visit of the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs to Uganda
  • Israel-Palestine relations
  • Agricultural scholarships in Israel
  • Anti-homosexuality law

The ambassador informed the minister that the peace talks between Israel and Palestine are going on extensively as Prime Minister Netanyahu supports a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He further informed that Prime Minister Netanyahu is willing to make concessions in order for the people from both sides to live in harmony. He further informed Hon. Oryem that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel together with a high level Israeli business delegation will be visiting Uganda in June. This will pave way for the future visit of the Prime Minister of Israel. 

While in Uganda, the Ambassador visited Makerere University where he flagged off 41 agriculture students who will be travelling to Israel. This number of students will be increased to 120 in the next intake. The students will undergo internship for 11 months upon which they will receive a diploma. 

The minister thanked the ambassador for the good bilateral relations between Uganda and Israel. On the anti-homosexuality law he reiterated that promotion, exhibitionism and financial inducements will not be allowed. However, gays will not be discriminated against as they will be given the same security and protection under the law of Uganda as indeed enjoy the same access to health facilities and services like any other Ugandan.

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