ENTEBBE – President Yoweri Museveni and his Ethiopian counterpart Mrs. SahleWork Zewde, have held bilateral discussions at State House in Entebbe on matters pertaining to the two countries.
Mrs. Zewde arrived in Uganda on Friday on a one-day working visit at the invitation of Museveni.
In a warm and cordial atmosphere, the two Heads of State held official talks at State House, Entebbe. The two leaders exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.
On the Nile Basin, Ms. Zewde welcomed Uganda’s ratification of the Cooperative Framework Agreement. She noted that with Uganda’s ratification, an additional two ratifications would facilitate the entry into force of the Agreement.
She briefed President Museveni on the negotiations regarding the GERD. Mr. Museveni reiterated the importance of ensuring the equitable and sustainable use of the River Nile waters.
The two leaders recognized the strategic importance of the Nile for all the Riparian Countries and the livelihood of their peoples and the need to solve any issues among the countries within the framework of African solutions to African Problems.
Museveni emphasized the need to urgently convene a Summit of the Nile Basin Commission so that the Heads of State have a frank discussion on the issues of the Nile.
On Bilateral matters, the two Heads of State noted with satisfaction the cordial relations that exist between the two countries. They noted the existing cooperation in various fields including transport, trade, tourism, defence, and security, and pledged to continue closely working together for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
On Regional issues, Their Excellencies exchanged views on the state of peace and security in the IGAD region and Africa at large. They welcomed the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan, pointing out that it is a key milestone in the South Sudan Peace Process. They urged all the Parties to commit to the restoration of peace and stability in South Sudan.
On the situation in Sudan, they noted the ongoing Juba Peace Process on Sudan and encouraged all the Parties to negotiate in good faith for the good of the country. They condemned the recent attempted assassination of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.
Both leaders emphasized the need for AMISOM to continue supporting the Federal Government of Somalia to strengthen its capacity to maintain peace and stability ahead of the upcoming elections. They reiterated the need for AMISOM to maintain a strong presence in Somalia and to avoid the premature demands for a troop drawdown, which would affect the gains made so far.
President Sahle-Work Zewde expressed her appreciation to President Museveni, the government and the people of the Republic of Uganda for the warm hospitality extended to her and her delegation.