M7, Bashir Meet In Ethiopia

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir met on Saturday on the sidelines of the extraordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni (L) and his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni (L) and his Sudanese counterpart Omar El Bashir

African leaders on Saturday met for the second day of the extraordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union under the theme “Africa’s Relationship With The International Criminal Court”. The summit discussed the possibility of withdrawing from the ICC they accuse of allegedly targeting them.

According to Sarah Kagingo, the Special Presidential Assistant on Communications, Museveni and Bashir met on Saturday, however she did not divulge on what the two discussed.

The ICC issued a warrant in 2009 for Mr Bashir over alleged war crimes in the Darfur region, but he has not yet been arrested.

President Yoweri Museveni has in the recent past criticized the ICC.

Museveni’s meeting with Bashir will come as good news to the two countries who have enjoyed tense relations with accusations and counter accusations from both sides.

African leaders observe a moment of silence in memory of the West Gate victims, those of Nigeria and the Africans who drowned near Lampedusa islands, this morning, at the opening ceremony of the Extraordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union, Addis Ababa
African leaders observe a moment of silence in memory of the West Gate victims, those of Nigeria and the Africans who drowned near Lampedusa islands, Saturday morning, at the opening ceremony of the Extraordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union, Addis Ababa

Uganda on one hand accuses the Khartoum regime of supporting elusive rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony. Kony who is also ironically wanted by the ICC is responsible for the death and suffering of many Ugandans in the north and east of the country resulting from his 20 year rebellion.

Sudan on the other hand also accuses Uganda of supporting rebels whose intention is to overthrow Bashir.

These tense relations were heightened by the recent expulsion from Uganda of a Sudanese diplomat accused of spying.

Event though the ICC could have dominated their Saturday meeting, observers will view their meeting as a step in the right direction.

 

 

 

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