Russian, Ugandan presidents to address broad agenda

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, who is currently in Moscow for an official visit, on Tuesday.

"The heads of state plan to focus on ways to broaden trade, business and financial ties. There are good conditions for developing cooperation in areas such as construction, road and railway infrastructure, the extraction of hydrocarbons and other natural resources, as well as agriculture," the Russian president's press service has reported.

At the meeting, the Russian and Ugandan leaders will also compare their approaches to cooperation in international affairs.

"The sides plan to discuss the situation in "hot spots" of the African continent, including the situation in the Great Lakes district and the Horn of Africa. They will also exchange opinions on the latest developments in countries of North Africa and the Middle East," the press service said.

Bilateral trade between Russia and Uganda stood at $605.3 million in 2011 (Russian exports to the Ugandan market totaled $584.2 million), and $145 million in January-September 2012.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Uganda, whose ties have been traditionally friendly, the Kremlin press service said.

Museveni paid a private visit to Russia in 2009. In 2011, he held a telephone conversation with Dmitry Medvedev, who was Russian president at that time.

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