Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde has met with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in Entebbe today.
The two leaders exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.
President Sahle-Work welcomed Uganda’s ratification of the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) and noted with Uganda’s ratification, an additional two ratifications would facilitate the entry into force of the CFA.
She also briefed President Museveni on the negotiations regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
President Museveni reiterated the importance of ensuring the equitable and sustainable use of the River Nile waters.
The two leaders recognized the strategic importance of the Nile for all the riparian countries and the livelihood of their peoples and the need to solve any issues among the countries within the framework of African solutions to African problems.
President Museveni emphasized the need to urgently convene a summit of the Nile Basin Commission so that the Heads of State have a frank discussion on the issues of the Nile.
On bilateral matters, the two Heads of State noted with satisfaction the cordial relations that exist between the two countries.
They noted the existing cooperation in various fields including transport, trade, tourism, defense, and security, and pledged to continue closely working together for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the state of peace and security in the IGAD region and Africa at large.
They welcomed the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan and urged all the parties to commit to the restoration of peace and stability in South Sudan.
The two leaders condemned the recent attempted assassination of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.