Uganda: Museveni Rolls Out Red Carpet for Deeper Ties As Iran’s Raisi Visits Uganda

President Museveni has rooted for enhanced cooperation between Uganda and Iran.

We are always ready to cooperate with Iran . This area of cooperation is trade. As you can see here , the climate is very good. There is nothing on earth we can’t produce and we have a lot of food but we always have a problem of markets. We have a lot of milk, bananas, maize, coffee, tea, cocoa, fish .Really, we can do a lot of trade together,” Museveni said.

The president was on Wednesday speaking as he welcomed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi who is on a ‘rare’ two-day visit to Uganda.

Deepening ties

Whereas Uganda and Iran have been cooperating in several fields, President Museveni said Uganda is ready to further deepen the ties for the benefit of both countries.

He noted that Iran has got several experiences that Uganda doesn’t have, noting that this presents an opportunity for further cooperation.

“We have so oil we discovered years ago. We have our arguments against our new colonial agents who are saying we should only build pipeline for crude oil and no refinery. When I visited Iran,(Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad was the president and I asked him about having a refinery. He said they have nine refineries and building more. When I came back, I was able to put my foot down and insist on refinery for our oil and the petrochemical industry,” Museveni said.

The president said Uganda is ready to draw lessons from the experiences of Iran in the field of oil and the petrochemical industry at large.