Omar Hassan Ahmed AL-Bashir, President of the Republic of Sudan is in Uganda for a two-day State Visit, at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni.
According to State House, Bashir was received at Entebbe International Airport, by his host Museveni and accorded official reception at Statehouse, Entebbe.
But why is Bashir in Uganda?
Sources say bilateral relations between the two countries haven’t been good since Bashir visited Uganda in May 2016.
A statement from State House indicate that Bashir and his delegation held talks with his host President and his delegation.
“The two leaders held discussions on how to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,” the statement reads, adding: “They agreed to cooperate more in the fields of trade, foreign affairs and regional security. Uganda will export more tea and coffee to Sudan. A joint ministerial team will follow up to actualise this.”
President Museveni also asked Bashir to help court more Arab investors.
It is important to note that the Sudan government body in charge of standards arrived in Uganda last week to carry out pre-shipment inspection of the Uganda coffee exports to Sudan.
The delegation was led by the deputy director General the Sudan Standards Metrology Organization (SSMO) Eng.Zakaria Suliman and they were received by the Uganda National of Bureau of Standards Executive Director, Ben Manyindo and the Uganda coffee Development Authority director in charge of quality and Regulatory Services, Edmund Kananura at UNBS offices in Bweyogere.
Eng.Zakaria Suliman said that Uganda coffee is the much needed type in Sudan by coffee consumers, but there were issues related to its pre-shipment inspection which had to be ironed out.
Uganda exports 20% of its coffee to Sudan per year