Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir defies ICC, visits Uganda

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir defies ICC, visits Uganda

Bashir was in Uganda in May past year to attend Museveni's fifth swearing-in ceremony.

KAMPALA, Uganda, November 13, 2017-President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan, will pay a State Visit to Uganda from November 14-15, 2017.

Sudan President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir is in Uganda for a two-day visit at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni.

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

Both Bashir and his Ugandan counterpart vowed to back efforts aimed at finding permanent solutions to the civil war in South Sudan. Uganda will export more tea and coffee to Sudan. They noted the progress being made in cooperation between the two countries particularly in the sectors of trade and investment, transport, security and education.

"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.

And as a sign of the improved relations between the two countries who were on opposite sides of the South Sudan liberation war, and were once geopolitical foes, President Al-Bashir will be accompanied by Ministers, Senior Officials and a business delegation. And during Bashir's visit, a Uganda- Sudan business forum will be held.

However, there will be calls from the worldwide criminal court, for Uganda a signatory of the Rome statutes that established the court, to arrest President Omar El Bashir who was indicted on multiple counts of genocide during the Darfur war.

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

During al-Bashir's visit "areas of cooperation will be discussed, including trade and investment, agriculture, regional peace and security as well as global matters of mutual interest", Uganda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. Currently, Sudan consumes 20% of Uganda's coffee exports.

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