Foreign relations of Uganda

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Bilateral relations[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

On 19 December 2005, the International Court of Justice found against Uganda, in a case brought by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for illegal invasion of its territory, and violation of human rights.

A rebel group operating in western Uganda and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, near the Rwenzori Mountains, the Allied Democratic Forces, emerged as a localized threat in 1996 and inflicted substantial suffering on the population in the area. It has largely been defeated by the UPDF and the areas secured.




Ugandas relations with Israel remain uneasily strained due to the 1976 capturing of a French airliner hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Organization in an airport in the now-famous city.


From 1961 to 1965 the two states, along with Tanzania, were united in the East African Common Services Organization, a common market with a loose federal structure.[3]


In the past, neighbours were concerned about Uganda's relationship with Libya, which had supplied military equipment and bartered fuel to Uganda.


Malaysia does not yet have a high commission in Kampala,[4] while Uganda has a consulate in Kuala Lumpur and Uganda high commission in India were also accredited to Malaysia.[5][6]


Russia has an embassy in Kampala and Uganda has an embassy in Moscow.

South Korea[edit]

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Republic of Uganda is 26 March, 1963.[7]

South Sudan[edit]

Uganda has had very strong ties with South Sudan since South Sudan's secession and independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011.


Uganda has strained relations with Sudan because of alleged Sudanese support for the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA seeks to overthrow the Uganda government and has inflicted brutal violence on the population in northern Uganda, including rape, kidnapping, torture, and murder. In 2002 Uganda and Sudan reestablished diplomatic ties and signed a protocol permitting the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) to enter southern Sudan and engage the LRA. The protocol must be renewed periodically, and has lapsed at least twice since it was signed.

United States[edit]

Minister of Defense Amama Mbabazi of Uganda presents a drum as a gift to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.

Bilateral relations between the United States and Uganda have been good since Museveni assumed power, and the United States has welcomed his efforts to end human rights abuses and to pursue economic reform. Uganda is a strong supporter of the Global War on Terror. The United States is helping Uganda achieve export-led economic growth through the African Growth and Opportunity Act and provides a significant amount of development assistance. At the same time, the United States is concerned about continuing human rights problems and the pace of progress toward the establishment of genuine political pluralism.

Uganda and the Commonwealth of Nations[edit]

Uganda became independent in 1962 as a Commonwealth realm, then exactly a year later, Uganda became a Commonwealth republic.

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