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Trade talks key as Sudanese leader visits Uganda

14 November 2017, 10:41 | Erica Roy

Trade talks key as Sudanese leader visits Uganda

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

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

Uganda is not planning to arrest al-Bashir, in spite being a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's press secretary Don Wannyama said. Sudan's president is here for a two-day visit.

"Inviting an worldwide criminal suspect to Uganda not only undermines the fight against impunity which Uganda has for long championed but also betrays the concerns and interests of the victims of the most heinous crimes", six Ugandan rights watchdogs said in a joint statement.

Hurinet coordinator Muhammad Ndifuna told journalists on Monday thus: "As a party to the Rome Statute, Uganda has an unequivocal obligation to cooperate with ICC in relation to enforcement of warrants of arrest issued against Omar Bashir, Inviting an worldwide criminal suspect to Uganda not only undermines the fight against impunity which Uganda has for long championed but also betrays the concerns and interests of the victim of the most heinous crimes".

President Omar Al-Bashir will be in Uganda on a state visit, starting on Tuesday the 14th of November to the 16th of November 2017. Other African members of the ICC, including Kenya and Nigeria, "have avoided or curtailed such visits by al-Bashir", said Elise Keppler of Human Rights Watch. The ICC's finding that South Africa should have arrested al-Bashir prompted South Africa to announce that it would withdraw from the ICC.


South Africa, however, hosted al-Bashir in 2015 and did not arrest him.

In May 2016, the Sudanese leader attended a re-election ceremony held for Museveni.

Sudanese carrier Tarco Air is to start direct flights between Khartoum and Uganda's Entebbe International Airport as the two countries move to capitalise on warming relations and boost trade.

Uganda and Sudan continue to strengthen their bilateral relations. According to Uganda government-run sector regulator, Sudan is the second biggest importer of Ugandan coffee after the European Union.

Uganda accused Sudan of offering succour to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) warlord Joseph Kony while Sudan said Uganda was lending support to SPLA, the rebel group that was fighting for an Independent South Sudan.



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