Museveni and Sudan's Bashir discuss trade, diplomatic relations

President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan to Make 2-Day Official Visit to Uganda

Uganda is not planning to arrest al-Bashir, in spite being a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's press secretary Don Wannyama said.

President Omar Al-Bashir will be in Uganda on a state visit, starting on Tuesday the 14th of November to the 16th of November 2017. Uganda will export more tea and coffee to Sudan.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni and his Sudan counterpart, Omar al-Bashir held a meeting focusing on bilateral relations and peace and security in the region.

President Museveni again visited Khartoum from 10-11 October 2016, to witness the closure of the National Dialogue Conference; and also held a discussion with President Bashir on further improvement of bilateral relations. The country is also the single biggest export market for the product from which about $100 million is earned, according to data released by the ministry of foreign affairs.

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. Among the issues they discussed were opportunities for trade and investment, immigration, air transport, regional issues and security matters.

"President Bashir has also offered to host a Uganda-Arab Investment Summit in Khartoum where Uganda will make its case as an investment destination before select investors", partly reads a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Monday.

The presidents also observed that the lifting of trade and economic sanctions that had been unilaterally imposed on Sudan by the United States for almost 20 years, is an opportunity for boosting trade volumes between the countries and called upon the business communities and private sectors to take advantage of this positive development. And during Bashir's visit, a Uganda- Sudan business forum will be held.

- 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.

Uganda has always ignored calls to arrest Bashir.

During al-Bashir's visit "areas of cooperation will be discussed, including trade and investment, agriculture, regional peace and security as well as worldwide matters of mutual interest", Uganda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

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