News ID: 262944
Published: 0332 GMT December 14, 2019

Uganda eying Iran’s help in agriculture

Uganda eying Iran’s help in agriculture

Ugandan Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to the African country Seyed Morteza Mortazavi, called for widening mutual cooperation in the agriculture sector, and asked Tehran to help Kampala with manufacturing agricultural machinery such as tractors.

In the meeting held in Kampala with Mortazavi, Kadaga said that both countries should put more effort in enhancing economic relations, depicting the bilateral political ties as a good model, reported Fars News Agency.

She said that there are plenty of opportunities in Uganda’s agriculture sector for boosting cooperation, which includes manufacturing agricultural machinery such as tractors.

She said that such products can both modernize agriculture in her country as well as neighboring states.

For his part, the Iranian envoy pointed to the importance of cementing ties in various fields of mutual interest, noting that Iran is ready to boost parliamentary relations with Uganda.

In September, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in a meeting with Mortazavi, voiced his country’s strong opposition to Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Tehran, and added that Kampala is eyeing further expansion of ties with the Islamic Republic.

During the meeting with Mortazavi, Museveni rejected the US unilateral actions, sanction policies and imposing economic pressures against independent countries like Iran, and underlined collective cooperation for reinforcing multilateralism.

Back in October 2018, Ugandan companies signed four memoranda of understanding with Iranian technology-based companies.

The signing of the MoUs took place during a conference of Iranian and Ugandan companies held in the Ugandan capital city of Kampala.

The event was attended by Ugandan Minister for Science and Technology Elioda Tumwesigye, Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari and Iran’s Ambassador Mortazavi.


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