On April 10, 2023, the Minister for External Affairs, Subramaniam Jaishankar launched the Tulsi Ghat Restoration Project of Varanasi during his visit to Uganda’s Kampala.
Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar, who is on a three-day visit to Uganda appreciated the initiatives of BJP-Uganda initiative to further contribute to beautifying the oldest living city in the world.
“Living in the land of the Nile, their commitment to a ghat on Ganga reflects the confluence of the two cultures.
The conservation of Varanasi’s heritage underlines the cultural revival of India. This has profound global implications,” he said.
Additionally, he said, “Confident that many members of the Indian Community in Uganda will keep visiting Varanasi and continue their efforts for redevelopment.”
He also discussed cooperation in trade and investment, infrastructure, energy, defence, health medicine and agricultural domains.
Earlier, on April 10, 2023, he visited the farm of Uganda’s President Yoweri K Museveni in Rwakitura and congratulated the country on assuming the chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
The Foreign Minister tweeted: “Privileged to call on President @KagutaMuseveni of Uganda at his farm in Rwakitura. Conveyed the personal greetings of PM @narendramodi. Appreciated his guidance on furthering our traditional and long-standing ties,”
He also met Uganda President Yoweri K. Museveni at his farm in Rwakitura and congratulated the country on assuming the Chairship of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Uganda was endorsed to chair the NAM on behalf of Africa from 2022-2025. The NAM position changes every three years during the summit conferences. The chair of the movement is assisted by both the former and incoming chairs.
According to this movement, this structure represents its past, present and future.
In an official release by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on April 9, 2023, Jaishankar will be involved in delegation-level talks with his Uganda counterpart General Jeje Odongo and call on the leadership of the country and meet other ministers.
The MEA release revealed that from April 13-15, Jaishankar will visit Mozambique. This will be the first-ever visit by an External Affairs Minister to the Republic of Mozambique.
During his visit to Mozambique, the Minister will be meeting the top leadership of the country and co-chair the 5th Session of the Joint Commission Meeting with Mozambique Foreign Minister Veronica Macamo.
In addition, he will meet several other Ministers and representatives of the Assembly of Mozambique.