Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has called for increased trade between Uganda and Sri Lanka as a means of strengthening political ties between the two countries.
Mbabazi made the call while meeting the visiting Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G L Peiris in Kampala yesterday.
The Sri Lankan delegation that met Premier Mbabazi included the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Uganda T. Raueenthiran and other officials.
The Premier hailed diplomatic ties that date far back in 1972 and attributed the low trade between the two countries to exports in generally similar commodities which do not attract high demand from either country.
The Prime Minister saluted Sri Lanka for defeating the LTTE and underscored peace as the foundation for every development effort.
Prof. Peiris told the Ugandan Premier that terrorism was hurting his country but that was being tamed and was confident that the country “is now stable” and developing her tourism potential.
He decried foreign domination, thanking Uganda for support to his government, headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.