Uganda: We Will Continue Building a Strong Partnership With Uganda, Says EU

The European Union has said it will continue seeking to build a strong partnership with Uganda in all aspects.

“The EU wants to build a strong partnership with Uganda, on the political side, on cooperation, and on trade and investment, working with all segments of the Ugandan society. We have a continuous and broad-based dialogue with the government, and we share the same views in many areas,” Jan Sadek, the Ambassador of the European Union to Uganda said.

He was speaking during celebrations to mark Europe day on Tuesday.

Europe day is a day celebrating “peace and unity in Europe” celebrated on May, 5 by the Council of Europe and on May, 5 by the European Union to mark the signing of the ‘Schuman Declaration’ on May,9, 1950 as a plan to secure long-term peace in post-war Europe that is considered the beginning of what is now the European Union.

Speaking during the commemoration in Kampala, Sadek commended Uganda’s positive role in the region including its refugee policy.

He however noted that despite the difference in views with the Ugandan government on several matters, a frank exchange has been allowed.

“As friends and partners we also speak out when we have different views. For example, there is no secret that we disagree about the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which contradicts universal values and threatens the safety and dignity of a group of citizens. We believe it is important to be able to have a frank exchange also about such matters. And I am happy to see that Uganda allows such a dialogue,” the EU ambassador to Uganda noted.

He said the EU will continue supporting several programs, projects and other initiatives by the Ugandan government.