President Museveni and host Afewerki urge Sudan and S. Sudan to work for peace

Thursday 31st May 2012

President Yoweri Museveni and President Issaias Afwerki of the State of Eritrea have urged the governments of Sudan and that of Southern Sudan to overcome their differences through good faith dialogue and lay the basis for solid and mutually beneficial relations for the good of both countries and the region as a whole.

This is contained in a communiqué issued at the conclusion of the 2-day State Visit by President Museveni to Eritrea at the invitation of his host President Afwerki.

According to the communiqué that was issued in Asmara at the conclusion of the visit and read by the Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Osman Saleh, the 2 leaders further discussed in depth the situation in the Horn of Africa and focused on the strategic objective of achieving regional integration.

They also agreed to work together to resolve conflicts on the African continent, prioritize economic and social development, promote trade and infrastructural links among the countries of the region as well as revitalize the African Union (AU).

On bilateral matters between Uganda and the State of Eritrea, President Museveni and President Afwerki reaffirmed their determination to strengthen their cooperation in trade, investment, education, health, civil aviation and communication. To that effect, the 2 leaders witnessed the signing of the framework of agreements to promote agreed protocols that were signed by the Minister of State for Regional Affairs, Mr. Asuman Kiyingi, on behalf of the Government of Uganda and the Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Osman Saleh, who signed the agreements on behalf of his government.

In a brief news conference held at State House in Asmara, President Museveni disclosed that the line ministers from both countries had been instructed to follow up on the signed protocols. He also told journalists that Uganda and Eritrea have been working  together to bring peace in some of the troubled countries like Somalia and the Sudan, the independence of Africa in decision making and the promotion of trade on the continent through regional trade bodies.

President Museveni, earlier on arrival at State House in Asmara, was taken on a tour of the Eritrea Mapping and Information Centre by his host President Afwerki.

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Later yesterday afternoon, President Museveni and his wife, Mrs. Janet Museveni, were seen off at Asmara International Airport by their host President Afwerki of the State of Eritrea and Senior Eritrean government officials.

Others included the Minister of State for Regional Affairs, Mr. Asuman Kiyingi and senior Ugandan government officials.

ENDS

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