Sudan's president, wanted by the ICC, visits Uganda

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Bashir, who last visited Uganda in May this year for Museveni's swearing-in ceremony, is in the country for bi-lateral talks. "We therefore call upon the government of Uganda to fulfill its obligations under worldwide and domestic laws by arresting and surrendering President Omar al-Bashir".

President Museveni again visited Khartoum from 10-11 October 2016, to witness the closure of the National Dialogue Conference; and also held a discussion with President Bashir on further improvement of bilateral relations.

A statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan visited his Ugandan counterpart Amb. Uganda will be hosting the 6th Session of the Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) by March 2018.


Sudan buys 20 percent of its coffee from Uganda, a big export market for the product from which about $100 million is earned annually.

Hurinet coordinator Muhammad Ndifuna told journalists on Monday thus: "As a party to the Rome Statute, Uganda has an unequivocal obligation to cooperate with ICC in relation to enforcement of warrants of arrest issued against Omar Bashir, Inviting an worldwide criminal suspect to Uganda not only undermines the fight against impunity which Uganda has for long championed but also betrays the concerns and interests of the victim of the most heinous crimes".

Uganda's diplomatic ties with Sudan once were frosty, but relations improved after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.


President Al-Bashir will be accompanied by Ministers, Senior Officials and a business delegation in various sectors who will be seeking opportunities to carry out trade, investments and business partnerships.

The Sudanese president will end his two-day visit to Uganda on Tuesday.

Upon learning of Bashir's visit to Uganda, several human rights groups called for the arrest of the Sudanese leader, in power since 1989.


Sudanese carrier Tarco Air is to start direct flights between Khartoum and Uganda's Entebbe International Airport as the two countries move to capitalise on warming relations and boost trade.

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