The outgoing Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Uganda, Seyed Morteza has lauded the relations between the two countries.
Morteza made the remarks as he paid a courtesy call on Henry Okello Oryem, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Ambassador Morteza, whose tour of duty has come to an end, expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the support he received which enabled him to carry out his duties.
During his tenure, political and economic ties were enhanced as seen through various exchanges of high profile visits.
“I am optimistic that the relations between the two countries will continue steadily progressing and I will continue promoting Uganda-Iran ties when I return home,”Morteza said.
In his farewell remarks, Oryem reaffirmed Uganda’s commitment to further strengthening the existing relations between the two countries.
The minister congratulated the outgoing Iranian ambassador upon completing his tour of duty successfully and applauded him for his commitment to promoting Iran-Uganda relations.
President Museveni last week assured the outgoing Iranian envoy that Uganda will continue to co-operate with Iran in a number of sectors.
Museveni who was receiving the outgoing envoy at State House Entebbe emphasised that the two countries have enjoyed mutual relations since 1986 and, therefore, continue to cooperate.
In the last 10 years or so, Uganda has exported agricultural products fruits, vegetables, and oil seeds, industrial and medicinal plants, stationery and textiles to Iran to fetch revenue worth $4 million annually.
On the other hand, Uganda has imported sugar, sugar confectionary, pharmaceuticals, plastics, carpets, knitted fabrics, ceramic products , glass and glassware products from Iran.