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Hungary’s Parliamentary Speaker László Kövér attributed historic significance to his first official meeting with Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, his Ugandan counterpart, in Kampala which he said elevated bilateral parliamentary ties to a top level. The parliaments of Hungary and Uganda established relations at the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s 126th assembly meeting in Kampala in 2012. As a next step towards expanding ties, a Ugandan-Hungarian Friendship Chapter has been formed in the Ugandan parliament to cooperate with the Sub-Saharan Friendship Group of the Hungarian parliament, Zoltán Szilágyi, parliament’s press chief, said. Kövér told his partner that the inter-governmental education agreement and the letter of intent signed on development cooperation by the two countries’ foreign ministers in Budapest last autumn were a milestone in bilateral diplomatic relations.
The house speaker also held talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, with the two leaders discussing cooperation possibilities in the pharmaceutical sector and in water management. Museveni told Kövér that as a leading host country of domestic refugees on the African continent, Uganda faces a challenge of providing for about 1.2 million people in its territory. Kövér in response said that Hungary respects Uganda’s refugee policy and will support countries that offer refuge as an immediate neighbour to people forced to leave their homeland. As a concrete form of help, Kövér noted the water purification plant the Hungarian state plans to build at a refugee camp in Uganda with a view to providing drinking water to up to 250,000 people.