On Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with President Museveni about the challenges arising out of the coronavirus pandemic in Uganda.
The development was revealed by Modi who took to his Twitter handle writing, “Spoke on phone to President Yoweri Museveni about the challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. India will support in every way it can, Uganda’s efforts to control the spread of the virus.”
In his response, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni acknowledged the long relationship the two countries enjoy saying both countries can build synergies to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.
The two leaders discussed the health and economic challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister assured H.E. President Museveni that India stands in solidarity with its friends in Africa during the present health crisis, and would extend all possible support to the Ugandan Government’s efforts to control the spread of the virus in its territory.
Prime Minister warmly recalled his visit to Uganda in July 2018, and touched on the special nature of India-Uganda ties.
Both leaders shared the hope that the world would soon prevail over the challenge of COVID-19.
Uganda has 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while India, the second most populated country in the world had recorded 6,237 cases, 478 recoveries and 186 deaths.
Both India and Uganda have historical ties dating back to 1890’s when Indians first came to Uganda. There are more than 15,000 Indians living in Uganda, and recently the Indian community expressed interest to be officially recognized as a native tribe in Uganda.