Museveni, Bashir talk US sanctions, Somalia & S.Sudan

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Bashir in Uganda

His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni has congratulated His Excellency President Omar Al-Bashir, the Government and people of the Sudan on the lifting of the trade and economic sanctions that had been unilaterally imposed on the country by the United States for nearly 20 years.

This is contained in a joint statement by Hon. Okello Henry Oryem, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs/ International Cooperation and Hon. Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs,

The Heads of State noted the opportunities for boosting trade volumes between the countries and called upon the business communities and private sectors to take advantage of this positive development.

Museveni commended Al-Bashir on the progress being made following the conclusion of the National Dialogue in 2016 which addressed issues of concern to Sudanese parties who participated in the dialogue.

Their Excellences exchanged views on regional security, and underscored the need to support the IGAD led revitalization of the implementation of the Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) and the unique roles being played by both Sudan and Uganda as immediate neighbours of South Sudan.

They undertook to intensify efforts, bilaterally and within the IGAD and AU frameworks, towards finding a lasting political solution through an all-inclusive National dialogue.

On the situation in Somalia, they called upon the international community to support building of the country’s institutions, particularly in the security sector, to enable the Government to deal with the challenges posed by terrorist groups and stabilize the country.

The Heads of State also called upon the international community to support African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) with the resources and requisite capabilities to more effectively assist the Somali Government in this regard.

His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni expressed his gratitude to His Excellency President Omar Al-Bashir for honouring his invitation and for the fruitful discussions they held.

His Excellency President Omar Al-Bashir, on his part, expressed gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Government and People of the Republic of Uganda for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during the State visit.

His Excellency President Omar Al-Bashir extended an invitation to His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to pay a State Visit to the Republic of Sudan.

The invitation was gladly accepted and the dates will be agreed upon through diplomatic channels.