SUDANESE PRESIDENT RETURNS HOME AFTER TWO-DAY STATE VISIT TO UGANDA

KHARTOUM, President Omar Bashir returned to Khartoum Tuesday after making a two-day State visit to Uganda where he held talks with his counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni, focusing on peace, regional security and peace in South Sudan in particular.

The president was received on arrival at Khartoum airport by First Vice-President Lieutenant-General Bakri Hassan Salih and other senior government officials.

Foreign Minister Professor Ibrahim Ghandour said in statement issued upon return of the president that the visit to Uganda was historic and had opened a new page in relations between Khartoum and Kampala. "This is a historic visit by all means and it will have its impact on the region as a whole, given the weight of the two countries" Professor Ghandour added.

He said the two heads of state held talks which focused on issues of mutual interest as well as bilateral relations and means of boosting them in various fields as well regional and international issues of common interest. He said president Bashir and President Museveni also discussed efforts exerted to achieve peace and stability in South Sudan.

He said the two presidents discussed peace and security in Africa's Great Lakes region and other international issues, adding that they also agreed to revive the peace process in South Sudan led by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the eight-nation Horn of Africa grouping of which both Sudan and Uganda are members.

He said Cabinet Ministers from both sides also held talks covering trade and economy as well as increasing the pace of trade exchanges and value. An economic forum on bilateral trade and industry exchanges was also held and attended by the two heads of state.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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