Ugandan foreign Minister Joshua Wanume Kibedi warned representatives of israeli contractors in kampala on Saturday (25 March) to be careful as Uganda's security fores were on the alert for "subversive activities".
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Background: Ugandan foreign Minister Joshua Wanume Kibedi warned representatives of israeli contractors in kampala on Saturday (25 March) to be careful as Uganda's security fores were on the alert for "subversive activities". Mr. Kibedi was deputising for President Idi Amin in a meeting with contractors after Friday's (24 March) arrest of five israeli tourists in Uganda. The arrests came as the first batch of Israeli military instructors left the country following President Amin's order that Israeli army and paratroop missions should be expelled. The order came after an Israeli newspaper suggested he'd cancelled a visit to Egypt because of opposition at home.
Mr. Kibedi blamed the present state f Ugandan-Israeli relations on the "barrage f attacks" on Uganda by the Israeli press and by reports of undesirable activities by Israelis living in Uganda.
In reply, the contractors' leader, Mr. I Wolfovitch, told Mr. Kibedi that Israeli newspapers don't reflect the views of the Israeli Government.
He denied that any member f his company had involved himself in political or any other matters outside his work. He also said Israelis in Uganda were worried about local reaction to the situation.
Mr Kibedi told Mr. Wolfovitch that his fears were unfounded and said that Ugandan Government would ensure that no Israeli was harassed. He also rejected Mr. Wolfovitch's explanation of the hostile press reports.
At another meeting, President Amin ordered the halting of projects being carried out by Israeli firms in three areas of Uganda.
By Sunday (26 March), the withdrawal of Israeli paratroops and army instructors had almost been completed.
SYNOPSIS: As relations between Uganda and Israel deteriorated over the weekend, an important meeting took place in Kampala's International Conference Centre on Saturday.
A delegation of Israeli contractors working in Uganda were to meet Ugandan Foreign Minister Joshua Wanume Kibedi.
Mr. Kibedi was deputising for President Idi Amin. The President had earlier ordered Israeli army and paratroop training missions to leave the country. The Ugandan move was sparked by an article in an Israeli newspaper which suggested that he'd cancelled a visit to Egypt because of opposition at home. The meeting with the contractors came a day after five Israeli tourists had been arrested and sent to Kenya. And by Sunday, most Israeli instructors had left.
Mr. Kibedi warned the contractors to be careful because Uganda's security forces were on the alert for what he called "subversive activities". He blamed the current state of relations between Uganda and Israel on what he described as the "barrage of attacks" on Uganda by the Israeli press and the reports of Undesirable activities by Israelis living in Uganda.
The contractors' leader was Mr. I. Wolfovitch. He said that Israeli newspapers don't express the views of the Israeli Government, and said one could only rely on official government statements. Mr. Wolfovitch denied that any member of his company had involved himself in political or other questions that were outside his sphere of work. He also expressed worry for the safety of Israelis in Uganda. Mr. Kibedi said no Israelis would be harassed but he rejected the explanation of the press reports.