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Museveni and Sudan's Bashir discuss trade, diplomatic relations

14 November 2017

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.

They agreed that Sudan's Tarco Airlines should start direct flights between Khartoum and Entebbe, which would greatly improve connectivity between the two countries and promote trade, tourism and investment.

Both Bashir and his Ugandan counterpart vowed to back efforts aimed at finding permanent solutions to the civil war in South Sudan.

"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.

Museveni, a critic of the International Criminal Court (ICC), said he supports Africa's position on pulling out of the Hague-based court.

President Museveni and President Bashir have continuously discussed the Economic Development and Peace Development and bilateral relations between their two countries, and ahead of this visit.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir waves to the crowd during his visit to the Northern Kordofan town of El-Obeid to address a rally of freshly-trained paramilitary troops on April 19, 2012. The country is also the single biggest export market for the product from which about $100 million is earned, according to data released by the ministry of foreign affairs.

It added, "The two leaders have also agreed to work together to ensure regional security and stability".

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

His last visit to Uganda was in May past year to attend President Museveni's fifth swearing-in ceremony.

The court issued double warrants for him in 2009 and 2010 on two counts of crimes against humanity and genocide where more than 300,000 deaths were recorded in Sudan's Darfur region.

Al-Bashir's presence in Uganda "is an affront to Darfur's victims", said the USA -based Human Rights Watch.

Museveni and Sudan's Bashir discuss trade, diplomatic relations