BY OUR REPORTER
The Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is set return home after a successful visit to Iran where he was invited participate in the opening ceremony of Mashhad, the cultural capital of the Islamic world in 2017.
Mashhad is a holy and historical city and the second largest metropolis in Iran, which is ranked second in the world in terms of religious tourism.
The Lord Mayor’s visit offers a unique opportunity for KCCA leadership to gain access to and network with key international decision-makers in government and business.
He had noted in a meeting with Mr. Ali Bakhtiari the Iranian cultural attaché in Uganda before travelling to Iran that;
“We are interested to learn from the experiences of Iran about more autonomy of municipalities and managing cities, and solving the urban problems”.
The Lord Mayor held talks with a cross section of notables in Iran including the His Worship Sowlat Mortazavi Mayor of Mashhad City. Mayor Lukwago has intimated that the central focus was on global peace and security. Addressing the press, he underscored the need for leaders across the board to always respect and uphold the values of social justice and human diginity. He specifically made a case for the role of leaders in the Muslim world and the West to cultivate a culture of religious tolerance and vehemently oppose all traits of religious and racial bigotry. He also highlighted the governance challenges in Uganda as well as the economic and investment potentials in Kampala.
The Lord Mayor has expressed hope that the visit would pave way for more cooperation with Iran, especially with the city of Mashhad.