PHOTOS: M7 Meets Cuba’s VP, Promises To Open Embassy In Havava
By Alex Masereka
Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni has promised that Kampala will open an embassy in in the Caribbean island nation of Cuba.
The president made this revelation after meeting with the Cuban Vice President, Salvador Mesa Valdez who is in the country on a two day visit.
“This morning I received the Cuban Vice President, H.E. Salvador Valdes Mesa, at my office at Parliament Building in Kampala,” the president tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
He added, “This visit aims at strengthening bilateral relations between Uganda & Cuba. We shall open an embassy in Havana.”
The president also praised the role of Cuba in liberating Angola saying, “I also salute the Cuban comrades who participated in the liberation of the Angolan Nation.”
In October of 1975, South Africa invaded Angola at the behest of the U.S. government to overthrow the left-wing Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) in the soon-to-be independent country. Without Cuban assistance, the apartheid army would have easily cruised into Luanda, crushed the MPLA, and installed a puppet government friendly to the apartheid regime.
Cuba’s intervention in Angola managed to change the course of that country and reverberate throughout Africa. By ensuring independence from the white supremacists, Angola was able to preserve its own revolution and maintain its role as a base for armed resistance groups fighting for liberation in nearby countries
Some 55,000 Cuban troops aided the Angolan counter-offensive, that drove apartheid South African forces back to the Namibian border and to the negotiation table. The result was the independence of Namibia.
Cuba’s Ambassador to Uganda, HE, Antonio Luis Pubillones also attended the meeting.
Valdes is expected to tour three other countries from Uganda including; Botswana, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.