Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to visit Uganda next week

President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan to Make 2-Day Official Visit to Uganda Trade talks key as Sudanese leader visits Uganda
Sammy Stanley | 14 November, 2017, 10:40

Uganda will export more tea and coffee to Sudan.

The two leaders, during Monday's meeting, also discussed cooperation between the two countries and reportedly agreed to organize an investment forum to be convened in Sudan's capital, Khartoum.

Meanwhile Presidents Museveni and Bashir also agreed to increase the trade and diplomatic relations between the two countries.

A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan visited his Ugandan counterpart Amb.

Sudan is one of Uganda's major coffee export markets importing 20 per cent of Ugandan coffee.

According to the joint communique issued after a meeting between the two presidents last night, the two presidents also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in higher education between the two countries. Uganda will be hosting the 6th Session of the Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) by March 2018.

The presidents also reviewed the implementation of the decisions made during President Museveni's official visit to Sudan in September 2015 as well as the 5th Joint Ministerial Commission.

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Bashir was in Uganda in May previous year to attend Museveni's fifth swearing-in ceremony. Among the issues they discussed were opportunities for trade and investment, immigration, air transport, regional issues and security matters.

This is not the first time President Omar Al-Bashir will be visiting Uganda.

President Al-Bashir will be accompanied by Ministers, Senior Officials and a business delegation in various sectors who will be seeking opportunities to carry out trade, investments and business partnerships.

- Rights groups on Monday urged Ugandan authorities to arrest the visiting president of Sudan, who has always been wanted by the International Criminal Court for serious crimes.

Sudan imports 20% of Uganda coffee and is the single biggest export market for the product from which about United States $ 100 million is earned.

"Uganda's position is that the arrest warrant is uncalled for, which is the position of the African Union", said Wannyama.

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