EU chief meets Museveni over regional security

President  Yoweri Museveni has assured the European Union (EU) that peace in the entire East African region will prevail as member countries’ leadership continues to strengthen their working relationship.

“Peace in the region is getting better. Part of the problem in the region; South Sudan, Burundi was because we have not been working together. That was the source of the problem,” Museveni said.

This was during Museveni’s was meeting with the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, also the vice president of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, at the sidelines of the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

On Burundi, the President said, there is no more fresh fighting and that the country’s leadership is working more closely with its regional counterparts as witnessed in the recently-held East African Community summit in Arusha, Tanzania.

“I am leading the peace process in Burundi and I know that what is disrupting the peace process. We will work to resolve this,” Museveni said.

Museveni told Mogherini that Europe being closer to the African continent compared to other developed countries, there should be a good relationship between the two partners with solutions for co-existence on matters of substance, not periphery issues.

“We are grateful for the support from EU and for development and trade. It’s very important for more energy to be unleashed,” Museveni said.

The President further emphasised that Uganda’s economy is steadily growing, addressing the removal of development bottlenecks through infrastructure development; the railway, electricity, digital and utilities.

Mogherini told Museveni that Europe is accommodative and will strengthen trade and business relations with Africa.
“Europe has quite a lot of interests in Africa,” she said.