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Al-Bashir, Museveni discuss peace efforts in South Sudan

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President Yoweri Museveni (L) shakes hands with President al-Bashir at his arrival to the Ugandan capital on 13 Nov 2017 (Photo Ugandan presidency)
November 13, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni Monday have discussed bilateral relations, regional peace and security and the ongoing crisis in South Sudan.

Al-Bashir has arrived in Kampala on Sunday for a three-day visit on the invitation of President Museveni.

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters following the meeting of al-Bashir and Museveni the two leaders discussed joint cooperation between the two countries, saying they agreed to organize an investment forum in Khartoum.

According to the official news agency SUNA, Ghandour added al-Bashir and Museveni underlined support for peace and security in the Great Lakes region.

He also said the two leaders agreed to support peace efforts in South Sudan according to the agreements mediated by the East African regional bloc (IGAD).

The Sudanese top diplomat pointed out that Museveni has congratulated al-Bashir on the lift of the U.S. economic embargo on Sudan, renewing his firm stance against the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Ghandour added the two leaders agreed on the need to exchange visits and continue meetings of the joint ministerial committee between the two countries.

Following ten years of strained relations, Museveni visited Khartoum in September 2015 where he and al-Bashir agreed to work together to bring stability in South Sudan and the region, and to end tensions between the two countries over the issue of rebel groups.

The Year 2016, witnessed a steady rapprochement between the two countries, accelerated, by the South Sudanese crisis and their joint efforts to end the three crisis in the neighbouring nation.

The visit of President Museveni to Khartoum in October 2016 to take part in the closing conference of the government-led national dialogue is seen as a turning point in the relationship between the two countries.

In September 2016, the Ugandan government facilitated informal talks between the Sudanese government and armed groups in Darfur and Sudan’s Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas, in a bid to support the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) efforts to bring peace in the east African country.

CALLS TO ARREST AL-BASHIR

Rights groups on Monday urged Ugandan government to arrest the visiting president of Sudan, who has long been wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes .

"Inviting an international 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.

"We, therefore, call upon the government of Uganda to fulfil its obligations under international and domestic laws by arresting and surrendering President Omer al-Bashir," further said the joint statement.

In May 2016, al-Bashir, who was indicted by ICC on counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, was one of the dignitaries at Museveni’s inauguration in Kampala.

Uganda is a state party to the Rome Statute and has an obligation to arrest the Sudanese president.

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  • 14 November 02:37, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    All these leaders are working on their interests over South Sudan and South Sudan never put their psychology to asks themselves why are we fighting?

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    • 14 November 02:41, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Let Salva Kiir and Riek Machar fight and there will be fat day for them after their mission, everything’s has an end.

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  • 14 November 03:00, by The Rhino

    Listen,
    Mr.Museveni and Mr.El Bashir have enormous interests in South Sudan,everybody knows that.They can aid for stability,calm and progress in the region but can’t decide for peace in South Sudan.The powers for peace in South Sudan lie somewhere else.Ask yourselves,why is El Bashir still free on feet after indictment by the ICC and Museveni so long on power with brutal human rights records?...

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    • 14 November 03:11, by The Rhino

      ..Right,yes these two men are playing smart politics and wouldn’t hesitate to siphon South Sudan’s wealth as long as our country is headed by illiterate emotionally driven dinkas/jienges and their tribal JCE morons.This tribal government of Kiir/JCE-(Jieng Council of Elders) is a cheap one dollar prostitute running back and forth between Museveni and El Bashir.They/Museveni and El Bashir wouldn’t.

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      • 14 November 03:24, by The Rhino

        ...retreat to every time brain fuck Kiir and his government.Anybody who tells me that South Sudan is moving to the right direction and is proud of the present government must be a complete fool,a Kiir’s luak jienge,stooge or close bootlicker associate. Over 15 years, more than $20 Billions have been wasted for nothing since CPA 2005,this is a pathetically painful and disgusting experience.Do you..

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        • 14 November 03:39, by The Rhino

          ...people have any idea how much money that is and how far South Sudan could have come in fortifying its economy,social structures and military institutions?Very sad,so Kiir and his war mongers must be demoted and entirely discarded from leadership.They have built South Sudan on sand and taken every south sudanese hostage...punished with hunger,loot,rape and death.

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