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India's vice president visits Uganda, meets president

Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari, left, meets with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, right, at State House in Entebbe, Uganda Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Ansari is on a three-day bilateral visit to the East African nation. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari, left, meets with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, right, at State House in Entebbe, Uganda Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Ansari is on a three-day bilateral visit to the East African nation. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)  (The Associated Press)

India's Vice President Hamid Ansari is meeting with Ugandan officials on the second leg of his African visit.

Ansari on Wednesday held talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and attended a business forum.

Ansari, who also visited Rwanda, is in Uganda on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Uganda's government.

In a statement citing Nina Malhotra, joint secretary of India's foreign ministry, Uganda's government says the visit "is part of the conscious broadening of India's diplomatic footprint in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the Great Lakes region."

India supports some development projects in Uganda, including a tele-medical center at the national referral hospital that is connected to 11 hospitals in India.