Nairobi, Nov. 25 -- Uganda on Thursday signed an agreement to exempt diplomats from visas to Vietnam, signalling intent to relate better with the east Asian country.

The two countries signed the deal as President Yoweri Museveni toured Hanoi, becoming the first Ugandan head of state to make an official trip to Vietnam.

Jeje Odongo, the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs indicated that the agreement exempts Ugandan diplomatic and service passport holders from visas, allowing the two sides to organise official events or meetings on schedule.

"On our ongoing visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, we have signed three MOUs with Vietnam: diplomatic and service passport visa exemption, diplomatic and political cooperation (and) educat...