SA welcomes Ugandan president

2011-01-21 11:44

A 21-gun salute rang out across the Union Buildings on Friday during a ceremony welcoming Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in the country for official talks aimed at strengthening relations.

The cannons drew attention from visitors, some from abroad, who stood below the Union Buildings’ driveway, their heads raised and cameras in hand, trying to glimpse the procession.

Museveni walked down the red carpet while the band played. He and President Jacob Zuma then stood side by side at the amphitheatre, framed by the South African and Ugandan national flags.

Present were Zuma’s wife Thobeka Mabhija, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Cabinet members who were expected to sign memoranda of agreement with their Ugandan counterparts.

Museveni and his delegation landed at Waterkloof Airforce Base last night. Their two-day state visit would be concluded in KwaZulu-Natal with a visit to the Isandlwana battlefield.

Once the formalities had been concluded the presidents left for a meeting behind closed doors. They were expected to review progress on key areas of bilateral co-operation, which included agriculture, trade and investment, public works and infrastructure development, water and environment affairs, energy, and social development.

Political developments in East Africa, like the Sudan referendum, were also expected to take centre stage.

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