Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir defies ICC, visits Uganda


"We therefore call upon the government of Uganda to fulfill its obligations under global and domestic laws by arresting and surrendering President Omar al-Bashir".

The visit by Omar el Bashir comes 5 months before the 6th session of joint Uganda- Sudan Ministerial commission slated for March 2018 in Kampala Uganda.

Meanwhile Presidents Museveni and Bashir also agreed to increase the trade and diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The presidents also reviewed the implementation of the decisions made during President Museveni's official visit to Sudan in September 2015 as well as the 5th Joint Ministerial Commission.

The meetings between the two presidents will, therefore, help the two sides iron out the pending issues.

As a signatory to the ICC treaty, Uganda has an obligation to arrest Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the ICC for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's Darfur region.

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was welcomed to Uganda Monday by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

The presidents also observed that the lifting of trade and economic sanctions that had been unilaterally imposed on Sudan by the United States for almost 20 years, is an opportunity for boosting trade volumes between the countries and called upon the business communities and private sectors to take advantage of this positive development.

These will be seeking opportunities to carry out trade, investments and business partnerships. During the visit, a Sudan-Uganda Business Forum is expected to be held.

Sudan imports 20 percent of Uganda's coffee, "the single biggest export market" for one of Uganda's top revenue earners, according to the statement.

For years relations between Uganda and Sudan were icy, undermined by mutual suspicions over supporting rebel groups on each other's territory.

Bashir is wanted by the Hague-based worldwide Criminal Court (ICC) on two counts of crimes against humanity and genocide.

"Uganda's position is that the arrest warrant is uncalled for, which is the position of the African Union", said Wannyama.