ADDIS ABABA, Dec 29 — Ethiopia and Uganda have signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to co-operate in the areas of health, energy, transport and city twinning between their capital cities, Addis Ababa and Kampala.
The two sides, in talks held here over the past two days in conjunction with the State visit of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to Ethiopia, also agreed to be connected through railway and energy infrastructures.
The MoU on transport provides for the building of railway lines to connect the two countries. The proposal involved the planned Addis Ababa-Juba line to South Sudan’s capital, being extended to reach Kampala to connect the two countries via South Sudan.
They also agreed to be connected in energy by building power transmission lines from Ethiopia to Kampala.
After the signing of the MoUs here Saturday, Ethiopian Prime Minister HileMariam Dessalegn and President Museveni briefed reporters about their discussions and issues they reached agreement on.
HileMariam said the agreements displayed the commitment of the two countries to deepen their long-standing bilateral relationship in every scope.
“Ethiopia and Uganda have a general consensus to deepen their relations in defence, security and peace building in the region and today we have enumerated specific areas of co-operation in our discussions,” he added.
The premier stated both Ethiopia and Uganda were working very hard to bring peace and stability to South Sudan, adding that they were committed to extending this effort.
Regarding Somalia, HeileMariam said Ethiopia and Uganda were also committed to sustaining the relative peace and stability in that country, saying: “We will be co-ordinating ourselves very closely to bring more stability, the proper government in Somalia and serve the people of Somalia.”
President Museveni said his country had the desire to strengthen the relationship with Ethiopia further.
“We have been working in a number of areas like defence, peace and security, but we want to co-operate more in the areas of infrastructure, trade, cross-border investment and terrorism.”
President Museveni arrived in Addis Ababa Friday for a three-day visit during which visited the Gibe III Hydro-electric Power project, a dam from which Kenya will get electricity, and the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), a military industry.