KAMPALA, Uganda, November 13, 2017-President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan, will pay a State Visit to Uganda from November 14-15, 2017. Sudan's president is here for a two-day visit.
Rights groups on Monday urged Ugandan authorities to arrest the visiting president of Sudan, who has always been wanted by the International Criminal Court for serious crimes.
Bashir arrived at the Entebbe International airport at 11:00am, accompanied by other high-ranking officials from Sudan, and was received by the state minister for foreign affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, among other government officials.
Al-Bashir's presence in Uganda "is an affront to Darfur's victims", said the USA -based Human Rights Watch. This will be his second visit after attending the swearing-in ceremony of H.E. President Yoweri Museveni on May 12, 2016.
In July, the ICC ruled that South Africa violated its rules when failing to arrest al-Bashir during his visit to Johannesburg in 2015.
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Other African nations, including South Africa, have ignored the ICC's demands to detain al-Bashir.
Sudan imports 20 percent of Uganda's coffee, "the single biggest export market" for one of Uganda's top revenue earners, according to the statement.
During the upcoming Official Visit by President Omar Al-Bashir, a number of areas of cooperation will be discussed including trade and investment, agriculture, regional peace and security as well as global matters of mutual interest.
Uganda and Sudan continue to strengthen their bilateral relations.
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.