ETHIOPIAN PM BEGINS THREE-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT TO UGANDA

ENTEBBE, UGANDA, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived here for three-day official visit to Uganda at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni.

Desalegn, accompanied by his wife, Roman Tesfaye Abney, arrived here Thursday and was received at State House Entebbe by President Museveni and the First Lady Janet Museveni.

The two leaders later held a joint media conference at State House where they agreed to work together in the stabilisation of South Sudan, through the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the eight-nation Horn of Africa grouping which is currently chaired by Desalegn.

Under IGAD, the two leaders were among the principal actors in the efforts to restoe peace in South Sudan of bringing President Salva Kiir work together with his rival, Dr Riek Machar, under a power-sharing arrangement before the deal fell apart last year.

The two leaders Thursday discussed trade issues and agreed to explore areas in which Uganda and Ethiopia can trade with each other, especially now that there is a land route connecting Kenya and Ethiopia through the kenyan border town of Moyale. They also discussed the opportunity of opening a route connecting Uganda to southern Ethiopia.

Desalegn and Museveni agreed to continue working together to create an enabling environment for Somalia (where both contribute troops to an African Union peacekeeping force) to build State pillars, establish minimum infrastructure and social services.

They also discussed matters concerning the use of the Nile River waters and agreed to discuss further the utilisation of the Nile waters under the auspices of the Nile Basin Initative (NBI).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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