Uganda’s relations with Israel received yet another boost with the appointment of the latter’s first ever envoy to Uganda.
Ms. Ishta Asiimwe Kutesa Muganga is now Israel’s Honorary Consul to Uganda.
She was appointed to the position by Israel’s foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi late last month.
A largely successful businesswoman, Ishta is daughter to Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.
She’s married to Albert Muganga, a co-Director of the Pioneer Easy Bus (PEB) transport franchise.
Yesterday Tuesday, the Minister of State for International Cooperation, Hon. Henry Oryem Okello received credentials from Mrs Muganga at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offices.
Speaking at the event, Hon. Oryem congratulated Ms. Kutesa upon her appointment and called upon her to explore further areas of promoting the existing good bilateral relationship between Uganda and Israel. He assured her of the Ministry’s support in the exercise of her duties.
The development comes four months after the leaders of Uganda and Israel expressed resolve to further cooperation between the two nations.
In his visit to Uganda in February this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked President Museveni to consider setting up Uganda’s embassy in Jerusalem.
“I have a simple suggestion that you’ll have to consider Mr President my friend,” he said. “You open an embassy in Jerusalem and I’ll open an embassy in Kampala,” Netanyahu requested at State House in Entebbe.
In response, Museveni promised to consider this proposal despite the controversy surrounding Jerusalem, which is still not recognized globally as the Israeli capital.
“The issue of the embassy, we are discussing it,” Museveni said. “The good thing with all the controversies is that there is a part on Jerusalem which under the partition plan was in Israel. At least that is not part of the argument.”
Meanwhile during yesterday’s event, Mrs Ishta Muganga pledged to continue strengthening the relationship between the two countries not only in the existing areas such as Health, Education, Economic and Cultural sectors, but to also explore new opportunities.