Sudanese president to visit Uganda to repair bilateral ties

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-13 03:33:43|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KHARTOUM, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will begin on Monday an official two-day visit to Uganda to repair bilateral ties, local media reported Sunday.

Al-Bashir's visit comes in response to an invitation by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the official SUNA news agency reported.

It added that al-Bashir and Museveni would hold talks on bilateral ties and means of developing relations further as well as issues of mutual concern.

The Sudanese-Ugandan relations have recently witnessed remarkable improvement after years of tension.

After the eruption of war in South Sudan in 1983 between the Sudanese government and South Sudan rebels, tensions rose in the relations between Sudan and Uganda.

Khartoum accused Uganda of supporting the rebels who fought the central government in Khartoum until 2005 when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed between Sudan and South Sudan.

After the signing of the CPA, which paved the way for the separation of South Sudan in 2011, the ties between Khartoum and Kampala remained tense as Sudan continued accusing Uganda of seeking to control the new-born South Sudan.

As the civil war erupted in South Sudan between the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and defectors loyal to his former Vice President Riek Machar in December 2013, differences have deepened between Sudan and Uganda.

Uganda opted to support Mayardit and sent troops to fight alongside the South Sudanese army against the rebels, a move which prompted Khartoum's fears over presence of Ugandan forces near Sudan's joint border with the south.