President Museveni reiterated with the Serbia National Assembly President that Uganda firmly stands behind the decision not to recognize the
unilaterally declared the independence of the so-called “Kosovo”
During this meeting that was held at the National Assembly at Pasic Square, Belgrade, President Museveni also told the National Assembly
President that Uganda as a country has succeeded in some sectors of the economy and now they are determined to cover the whole spectrum
starting with coffee.
“We want the fair-minded outsiders to work with us to add value to our coffee at source, so that instead of getting only USD2.5 per kg of good
coffee, we share more out of the USD40 per kg of processed coffee,” President Museveni highlighted.
Museveni also recalled the important moments of the common history of the two countries and their common struggle for freedom and independence, stressing that Serbia and Uganda should continue their struggle for progress and an even better future for their citizens.
“Marshal Tito (former president of Yugoslavia) supported the anti-colonial struggle in Africa and, although a socialist, refused to be part of the Soviet-Sino quarrels of that time. We appreciated him so much and when he died a delegation of the Post-Amin Government, of which I was part, came to take part in the funeral. I think it was led by Professor Nabudere,” President Museveni said.
“The Africans, in the last 600 years, have done a lot to support the prosperity of others as slave laborers, as raw-materials producers in the
colonial and neo-colonial eras, and also with our purchasing power (our pockets) buying products from the USA, Europe, Japan, China, etc. It is
high time, the pockets or wallets of the USA, Europe, China, Japan, etc., also support our prosperity.” He added.
In his remarks, Dr. Vladimir Orlić welcomed the visit of a great friend of Serbia (President Museveni), assessing it as significant for the further
improvement of bilateral relations, which this year marks six decades of establishment.
The National Assembly President also disclosed that the President of Serbia, H.E Aleksandar Vucic, was working around the clock to ensure
peace and stability in the country despite the existing Kosovo threat.
Dr. Orlić further expressed his gratitude to Uganda for supporting the candidacy of the Republic of Serbia as the host of Expo 2027, as well as
the satisfaction of the opening of Uganda Trade Hub-“Uganda Connect” in Belgrade.
“Serbia remains truly committed to the further development of relations and cooperation with all African countries, which includes Uganda to which we are bound by traditional closeness, mutual understanding, and the same aspirations.” He noted.
This meeting was the last official meeting of President Museveni in Serbia and was also attended by Dragan Županjevac, ambassador of Serbia to Uganda, the President of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Uganda Sanja Lakić, as well as MPs.
The Ugandan delegation in this meeting included the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Monica Musenero, Henry Okello Oryem,
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Harriet Ntabazi, Minister of State for Trade, Rwamirama Bright Kanyontore, Minister of State for Agriculture,
Livestock and Fisheries, Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations, Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and Elizabeth Paula Napejok, Ambassador of Uganda in Serbia