August 18, 2011

Presidents Isaias and Museveni hold discussion on enhancing bilateral relations and regional issues

Kampala, 17 August 2011- In a meeting they conducted in Kampala yesterday, Presidents Isaias Afwerki and Yoweri Museveni held extensive discussion on enhancing bilateral relations, especially strengthening trade and investment.

As regards regional issues, the two leaders conducted in-depth discussions on promoting peace and stability in Africa in general and the Horn region in particular. They also agreed to work together regarding African issues.

Speaking at a dinner reception he hosted in honor of President Isaias, the Ugandan leader said that the visit of President Isaias is a great honor to Uganda and its people. He further expressed admiration to the development achievements Eritrea has scored under President Isaias’ leadership. Moreover, President Museveni commended Eritrea’s role in promoting peace and security in the region.

The Ugandan leader expressed conviction that the two sides would work together in strengthening the existing relations and cooperation between the two sisterly states of Eritrea and Uganda in the political, diplomatic, trade and investment domains, among others.

Meanwhile, President Isaias conducted discussions with investors, in addition to visiting a number of Ugandan commercial institutions, during which he received briefings. The visit included a major medicine producing plant, as well as a milk processing factory.

After briefing the investors on the prevailing opportunities in Eritrea regarding the sector, the President pointed out that investors are welcome to engage in such activities.

In another report, the joint Eritrean- Ugandan ministerial committee held a meeting, during which they signed a document on working together in the domains of regional peace and security, international affairs, trade, investment, education, health, civil aviation and communications. A joint ministerial committee has also been formed to follow up the implementation of the accord. In line with the accord concluded, the first meeting of the joint ministerial committee is scheduled to take place in Asmara on the first week of October 2011.

The document was signed by Mr. Osman Saleh, Foreign Minister, on the Eritrean side and Mr. Sam Kutesa, Ugandan Foreign Minister, on behalf of his country.

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