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Courting The Old Friend: Kagame In Sudan To Cement Ties

President Paul Kagame is in Sudan on the invitation of his counterpart Omar Al Bashir where the two heads of state will discuss biliteral ties and the progress of the African Union Reforms.

President Kagame’s visit follows a recent visit by his counterpart during his innauguration in Kigali. Bashir had also met on the sidelines during the African Union Summit in July 2016 in held Kigali.

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo said the two presidents discussed ways of cementing two countries’ ties and how the development of the African continent.

“The two countries share a comong goal of advancing the African continent and doing our best so that Africa continues to progress,” she said.

Notably, Mushikiwabo said that Sudan was the first country to respect its commitment of contributing funds to finance the operations of the African union by member countries.

The african Union is financed by donors and friends of Africa. However, Mushikiwabo said, “we don’t think this is proper…we want financial independence and selfsustance.”

She said Sudan is one of the first countries that fast-tracked this decisions among many other reforms. President Kagame is the Chairperson of the reform commission, and his visit is seen as a regular routine under his duties of spearheading the reforms.

Meanwhile, President Bashir thanked President Kagame for his strong support to Sudan during Sudan’s civil war by deploying peacekeepers in the Darfur region to restore peace under the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

“President Bashir also commended the service and professionalism displayed by Rwandan troops and the contribution towards mainatining peace in Africa,” she said.

Discussions also centred on political, security and trade relations. They also shared ideas on a meangful economic development for the two countries.

In resprocity and ensuring actions after this visit, Sudan’s Trade Minister is expected to visit Rwanda in February 2018. He will hold talks with his counterpart how to begin tangible actions.

President Kagame is accompanied by a large delation that includes the Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and her team, Defense Minister Gen. James Kabarebe and other security cheifs, Trade Minister Vincent Munyeshyaka anf his team.

While in Sudan, President Kagame will visit the National Archaeological Museum and the International University of Africa where he is expected to address university students.

Menahwile, President Al-Bashir urged African countries to implement the decisions of the African Union summit and withdraw from the membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it failed to respond to the African demands.

He said that African countries need to implement the decisions of the AU summit, particularly the withdrawal from the ICC membership, “if it failed to respond to the African demands.”

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