President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 31st Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State.
Presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, says shortly after arrival, the President held a bilateral discussion with his host Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
On Tuesday, Hailemariam Desalegn, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), called for an extra-ordinary summit in Addis Ababa.
Desalegn, who is also the Ethiopian prime minister, said the implementation of the 2015 peace deal in South Sudan is lagging behind and that the fighting was still continuing, despite a declaration of ceasefire and attempts to re-invigorate the national dialogue.
The summit will discuss the situation in South Sudan with a view to finding answers to the political issues and how to resolve the humanitarian crisis.
While opening the national dialogue in the South Sudan capital Juba last month, Museveni advised President Salva Kiir to resist the temptation of using violence when dealing with his political opponents.
Yet Kiir who showed a good gesture by opening a dialogue, decided to reject the invitation from the East African regional bloc IGAD to attend an extraordinary summit in the Ethiopian.
Before leaving for Ethiopia on Monday, Museveni met former Tanzania president, Benjamin Mkapa on the situation in Burundi.
He told the lead facilitator of Burundi dialogue that the warring groups must handle situation objectively.
“The people of Burundi need peace and security, a prerequisite to economic growth of the East African nation.”
The Burundi crisis which has been ongoing since 2015 is blamed on President Pierre Nkurunziza’s insistence to stay in power even after his term of office expired.
Opposition accuses Nkurunziza of stage-managing elections which he won after threatening opponents and rigging votes.