January 31, 2014

M7, Bashir Meet Again In Ethiopia

Good relations in the offing? President Yoweri Museveni (L) shakes hands with his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir.
Good relations in the offing? President Yoweri Museveni (L) shakes hands with his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has met with his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir on the sidelines of the African Union Summit that is currently underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

It is not yet clear what the two leaders discussed.

It is the second time the two leaders are meeting in months. Last October, President Museveni and Bashir met during the extraordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union in Ethiopia.

Museveni’s second meeting with Bashir will come as good news to the two countries who have enjoyed tense relations with accusations and counter accusations from both sides.

Uganda on one hand accuses the Khartoum regime of supporting elusive rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony. Kony who is also ironically wanted by the ICC is responsible for the death and suffering of many Ugandans in the north and east of the country resulting from his 20 year rebellion.

Sudan on the other hand also accuses Uganda of supporting rebels whose intention is to overthrow Bashir.

Early this month, president Museveni revealed that the years of animosity between him and Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir belong to the past.

“We had disagreements with President Bashir in the past but we are now friends,” President Museveni said

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