Sudan's president, wanted by the ICC, visits Uganda

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

Trade talks key as Sudanese leader visits Uganda

Uganda and Sudan continue to strengthen their bilateral relations.

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

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.

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 meetings between the two presidents will, therefore, help the two sides iron out the pending issues.

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

Bashir, who last visited Uganda in May this year for Museveni's swearing-in ceremony, is in the country for bi-lateral talks.

They directed their respective ministers to fast-track implementation of all decisions agreed upon and conclude all pending MoU for cooperation in the areas of agriculture, sports and youth as well as security before the next Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) to be hosted by Uganda by March 2018.

The ICC issued arrest warrants for al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 on charges of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the Sudanese region of Darfur.

President Al-Bashir is being accompanied by a strong business delegation comprising different sectors of his country's economy.

The Sudanese president will end his two-day visit to Uganda on Tuesday.

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

- 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.

Upon learning of Bashir's visit to Uganda, several human rights groups called for the arrest of the Sudanese leader, in power since 1989.

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