Museveni, Modi agree on UN reforms, fighting terrorism

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President Museveni and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed satisfaction at the growing cooperation between India and Uganda in defence matters.

In particular, the training of Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) in various Indian Army training institutions under the Indian Technical and Economic Co-operation as well as the deployment of Indian Military Training Team in Uganda’s Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC) in Kimaka.

They agreed to support collaboration between India and Uganda in the area of Information and Communication Technology.

Uganda expressed its desire to replicate some of India’s schemes for Digital Inclusion while implementing its Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project.

Both leaders agreed that the terrorism poses a grave threat to global peace and stability and reiterated their strong commitment to combat it in all its forms and manifestations.

They stressed that there could be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever.

The leaders asserted that strong measures should be taken against terrorists, terror organisations, their networks and all those who encourage, support and finance terrorism, or provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups.

They also underscored the need to ensure that terrorist organisations do not get access to any WMD or technologies and committed to cooperate for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).

Modi inspects guard of honour

The leaders agreed on the need to closely engage with regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern.

The two leaders reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion, to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the geopolitical realities of the 21st century.

They reiterated their commitment to intensify their cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral organisations in order to address current global challenges such as climate change and to foster international and regional peace and security, as well as sustainable development.

During the Visit, Prime Minister Modi made the following announcements: two Lines of Credits for 1. Construction of electricity lines and Substations worth US$141 million and 2. Agriculture and Dairy production US $ 64 million.

Contribution to establishment of Mahatma Gandhi Convention/ Heritage Centre at Jinja and financial support of US $929,705 for capacity building and creating a supportive infrastructure for East African Community (EAC) which is currently chaired by Uganda.

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