Ethiopia’s Senior Officials Hold Discussion Ugandan President

ADDIS ABEBA – Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew led a delegation to Uganda and met with President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Together with Gedu, Minister of Defense, Lemma Megersa and Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Seleshi Bekele, headed to Kampala on Thursday to attend the ministerial meeting in Uganda.

The third Ethio-Uganda joint-meeting has been held since Wednesday at the expert level. The ministerial meeting has started today.

During the meeting with Gedu and Co, president Museveni said that there is a need to work hard on ways of further strengthening the relationship between the two nations.

The ministerial joint-commission of the two countries demonstrates the determination of the two countries to work towards a stronger relationship between the two nations, he added.

Uganda and Ethiopia are members of the regional economic bloc, IGAD, and are involved in regional security efforts which include contributing troops for African Union’s peacekeeping mission to Somalia.

Gedu described the work that the two countries are undertaking collaboratively as “fruitful”. But he said there remain a lot of areas that could increase their ties on mentioning political, defense and security, economic and social areas.

The two-day long experts meeting held ahead of the ministerial meeting has successfully managed to find areas for future cooperation, he added.

Nile water issue was another important area that Gedu talked about.

He said that Uganda is a signatory of the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CRA) of the Nile Basin countries and the decision of the council of ministers to approve the agreement demonstrated Uganda’s determination for fair use of the Nile water for which he expressed his gratitude.

At the end of the ministerial meeting, reports say the two nations are expected to sign a raft of agreements to increase their cooperation further.