President Yoweri Museveni left for Russia to join other African leaders for the second Russia- Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum, State House confirmed in a Wednesday morning statement.
"This morning, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni left for Russia to join other African leaders for the second Russia- Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum scheduled for 27th-28th July in Saint Petersburg," reads the statement.
At Entebbe International Airport, President Museveni was seen off by the Minister for Presidency Milly Babirye Babalanda, the Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye, the Chief of Defense Forces Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, Police Director for Crime Intelligence AIGP Christopher Ddamulira and the Deputy Commissioner General of Prisons Samuel Akena.
While in Russia, President Museveni is expected to have a tête-à-tête session with his host, Russian President Vladimir Putin on a wide range of issues. He’s also expected to have several bilateral meetings and discussions with different delegations at the sidelines of the summit.
The summit in St. Petersburg will run on Thursday and Friday after which President Museveni will head to the Serbian capital, Belgrade, to inaugurate a hub for promoting Uganda's tourism, trade, and investment potential in line with bolstering commercial diplomacy in Eastern Europe. Uganda has long enjoyed warm historical ties with Russia and present-day Serbia dating back to the early 1990s.