Algeria, Uganda initiate agreement to waive visas for their citizens


“The governments of Uganda and Algeria are initiating an agreement that will waive visas for all the citizens of the two nations, declared Uganda’s Minister of internal affairs Jeje Odongo during celebrations to mark the 64th anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution/National Day.

According to the plan, the waiver will start with diplomatic and official passport holders.

“Uganda has taken steps to ease the visa regime including issuing visas on arrival,” Gen. Jeje Odongo, minister of internal affairs said. The move is in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 which seeks to facilitate free movement, physical interaction and facilitate businesses of African peoples within Africa.

The function took place at Nakasero, Kampala at the residence of the Algerian ambassador to Uganda, Farid Boulahbel and his wife Houda Boulahbel. Algeria launched its revolution and fight against 132 years of French colonialism on November 1, 1954.

The Minister also said that they plan to conclude a bilateral services agreement to encourage direct flights between Algiers and Entebbe to promote tourism and investment.

The function was attended by Kirunda Kivejinja the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs, Oryem Okello state minister for foreign affairs, Eng. Monica Azuba minister of works, Prince Kassim Nakibinge the titular head of Muslims in Uganda and Cyprian Kizito Lwanga the Archbishop Of Kampala.

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