North  Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a congratulatory message to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni as the East African country marks 58 years of independence, according to the state news agency, KCNA.

“On behalf of the government and people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, I extend my warm congratulations to you and to the government and people of your country on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of independence of Uganda,” Kim said in a congratulatory message quoted by the KCNA.

“Our people sincerely hope that under your leadership, the friendly people of Uganda will achieve great successes in their efforts for consolidating the national unity and attaining the socio-economic development of the country,” he added.

He further said “I take this opportunity to express my conviction that the friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries would continuously strengthen and develop by inheriting their history and tradition.”

Uganda and North Korea are understood not have strong ties.

In 2016, Uganda said it was halting military ties with the Asian country after reportedly being pressured to do so by South Korean government.