Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has met the Sudan President Omar Ahmed al- Bashir ahead of the official opening of the 32nd AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
According to Uganda’s State House, the two leaders “discussed various bilateral issues between their two countries and in the region.”
The meeting comes against the backdrop of intense protests in Sudan where people have called on Bashir to step down.
Protesters calling for an end to President al-Bashir’s 27-year rule said some goods have more than doubled in cost, while inflation has risen to nearly 70 per cent amid sharp falls in the value of the Sudanese pound.
Urging protesters to remain “peaceful”, the association of professionals said their “goal of overthrowing the regime and arranging for a democratic transition that guarantees freedom and rights” would soon be realized.
Government blames the violence on infiltrators and saboteurs supported by enemy countries including Israel.
President Bashir urged his citizens to reject what he described as “attempts to plant frustration,” emphasising the state would “continue to carry out economic reforms.”
Museveni’s meeting with Bashir took place at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa.
It was attended by the Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kuteesa and the government of Sudan counterparts among others.
Bashir has in recent years worked closely with Museveni to restore peace and stability in South Sudan.