Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is in France to attend the Elysee Summit for peace and security in Africa that has attracted several African Heads of States and Government.
The president was received at the Orly airport by Uganda’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Nimisha Madhvani, MPs Oleru Huda of Yumbe district and Yona Musinguzi of Ntungamo Municipality.
President Museveni who is on a 3-day working visit in the European nation is expected to meet French President, address a joint meeting of investors from France and Spain and hold several meetings of importance to Uganda’s progress.
He will also preside over the opening and closing ceremony of the conference on security and terrorism in Africa to be held alongside Elysee Summit in Paris.
According to the Director of Cooperation of Security and Defence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, Marin Gillier, the theme “Peace and Security in Africa” reflects the main concern of the Elysee summit in view of developments of major security issues in some African countries like Mali and Central African Republic.
He, however, notes that the recent crises in Mali and Central African Republic have demonstrated that the African states want to take in hand the management of crises on their continent.
The Elysee Summit comes a day after the UN Security Council passed a resolution to allow French troops to join an African peacekeeping force in CAR.
Nearly 40 African leaders – including longstanding strongmen and newly elected presidents – are meeting in Paris today for a summit focused on peace and security in Africa as France prepares to launch its second military intervention in the continent this year.
French President François Hollande is hosting the two-day Africa-France peace and security summit.