The United States Government has hailed Uganda under the stewardship of President Yoweri Museveni for pursuing steady economic growth and ensuring peace and stability in the country and the region.
The U.S Department of States on Friday released a statement signed by the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to wish Uganda a happy 58th Independence Day.
“On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I congratulate the people of Uganda as you celebrate the 58th anniversary of your independence,” said Pompeo.
Washington acknowledged the economic progress undertaken by the current leadership in Kampala and the pivotal peace and stability accelerators.
“The United States welcomes Uganda’s leadership in pursuing economic growth and regional peace and stability in East Africa, including by hosting the largest refugee population on the continent,” said Pompeo.
Uganda has maintained average GDP growth of over 6 per cent for the last 20 years and all economic indicators have remained positive for decades. UPDF reversed a potential genocide in South Sudan in December 2013 when the northern neighbor engulfed in an ethnic inclined civil war.
Pompeo also noted there is mutual relationship and success registered between Washington and Kampala in the health area mainly in combating COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
“We also value our two countries’ longstanding partnership in working to combat infectious diseases, especially in a year that finds the world confronting a historic pandemic,” he noted.
Washington promised to maintain a strong relationship with Kampala to strengthen democracy, bilateral trade and investment.
“We look forward to building on our partnership with the goals of strengthening democratic institutions and respect for human rights and promoting bilateral trade and investment,” stressed the statement.
Adding: “On this special day, Ugandans may be assured of the lasting friendship between our two nations.”
Uganda gained her independence from Britain on October 9, 1962.