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Trade talks key as Sudanese leader visits Uganda

Trade talks key as Sudanese leader visits Uganda

Uganda's diplomatic ties with Sudan once were frosty, but relations improved after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan arrived for a three-day visit in Uganda on Monday, defying an worldwide Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant against him.

According to statistics, Sudan imports 20% of Uganda's coffee and is the single biggest export market for Ugandan coffee, earning the country over 100 million dollars in revenue.

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.

They are seeking opportunities for trade, investment and business partnerships with their Ugandan counterpart.

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.

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The visit by Omar el Bashir comes 5 months before the 6th session of joint Uganda- Sudan Ministerial commission slated for March 2018 in Kampala Uganda.

"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.

Bashir arrived at the Entebbe International airport at 11:00am, accompanied by other high-ranking officials from Sudan, and was received by the state minister for foreign affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, among other government officials.

The highpoint of the visit is a Sudan-Uganda Business Forum to be held on Tuesday.

Bashir is wanted by the Hague-based global Criminal Court (ICC) on two counts of crimes against humanity and genocide.

The ICC has two pending arrest warrants issued in 2009 and 2010 for Bashir over five counts of crimes against humanity including murder, extermination, torture and rape allegedly committed between 2003 and 2008 in the Darfur region.


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