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Uganda Strengthens her Bilateral Ties with Serbia at the 60th Anniversary of the first Non-Aligned Movement

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Hon. Gen. Abubakar Jeje Odongo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has strengthened Uganda’s Bilateral Relationship with Serbia.

This was during the commemorative conference of the 60th Anniversary of the 1st Non-Aligned Movement which took place between October 11 and 12.

It was opened on 11th October 2021 in Belgrade by the President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E Mr. Aleksandar Vucic. H.E Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan chaired the Conference as current chair of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Conference reflected on the historical principles of NAM and its achievements since its founding in 1961.

Hon. Odongo addressed the delegates at the commemorative conference of the 60th Anniversary of the 1st Non-Aligned Movement in Belgrade on 11th October 2021,” the Ugandan Embassy in Rome, Italy said in a statement.

He expressed the relevancy of upholding the ideals of NAM in dialogue to establish a peaceful and prosperous world as well as a just and equitable order.

He underscored the role of multilateralism and solidarity, which is required more than ever in responding to current and future global crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, threats of terrorism, and their consequences to global peace and development.

Uganda will be taking over the Chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement in 2023*.

Hon. Odongo pledged that the Chairmanship of Uganda will be anchored in the basic etiquette of international relations based on the universal principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations as well as the founding principles of the Non-Aligned Movement.

He emphasized that the principles of the UN Charter and the recognition of universally acceptable norms of international law are indispensable in preserving and promoting peace and security, the rule of law, economic development, social progress and human rights for all,” the statement added.

On the side-lines of the Commemorative conference of the 60th Anniversary of NAM, Hon. Odongo held meetings with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, South Africa, Venezuela, India, Azerbaijan, and the State of Palestine on matters of multilateralism and Non-Aligned Movement which could benefit Uganda from their experiences in chairing a successful NAM in 2023.

At the bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Hon. Odongo Jeje signed a donation agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Uganda of 40,000 (forty thousand) doses of Vaxzevria (Covid19 AstraZeneca) donated by Serbia to Uganda,” the statement read.

The Serbian Foreign Minister also announced a total of ten (10) scholarships for Ugandan students to take up studies in relevant fields critical to Uganda’s development,” it added

Hon. Odongo expressed gratitude to the Serbian Foreign Minister and Government for the generous donation of the Covid-19 vaccines by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the scholarships offered to Uganda. The Ministers affirmed the existing good cordial relations and agreed to further deepen bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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