Defence Minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga with the State Councilor and Minister of National Defence of the People Republic of China Gen. Liang Guanglie. On the left are the Chief of Defense Forces Gen. Nyakairima Aronda, and the State Minister for Defence Gen. Jeje Odong.
Photo courtesy Newvision Uganda
President Yoweri Museveni yesterday held brief talks at State House Entebbe, with China’s Defence Minister Gen. Liang Gaunglie and his delegation that is on a five day state visit to Uganda.
Conveying greetings from Chinese President, Hu Jintao to President Museveni, Gen. Gaunglie said Chinese companies would be interested in constructing railways and roads in Uganda.
Gen. Gaunglie and a delegation, comprising China’s top generals are on an African tour. On Monday Gen. Gaunglie signed a Shs10 billion deal with the Defence ministry and the Uganda Peoples Defence Force to boost its efforts in the war on terror in Somalia.
Mr Museveni commended the prevailing good relations between Kampala and Beijing.
« We look forward to having more trade with China. Uganda always welcomes support from China, » Mr Museveni said as he saluted China on its contribution to Africa’s independence and development.
He also commended the Chinese President Hu Jintao and the Chinese Prime Minister Mr. Wen Jiabao, for their support to Uganda and assured China of potential for Chinese investors in Uganda.
The meeting was attended by Uganda’s Defence minister Crispus Kiyonga and the Chief of Defence Forces, General Aronda Nyakairima.
By John Njoroge