Museveni and Ethiopia’s PM in bilateral meeting. President Yoweri Museveni has met and held a bilateral meeting with the prime minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Ali at State House, Entebbe. The premier and his delegation are in Uganda on a one-day working visit.
The two leaders discussed various issues and agreed to further strengthen cooperation in bilateral, regional, and international issues of common interest.
Ethiopia and Uganda have been cooperating in various peace processes in the region.
The meeting was attended by the Ethiopian Minister – Head of Prosperity Party Main Office H.E. Binalf Anduwalem, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia H.E Redwan Hussain, and H.E Alemtsehay Meseret, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to the Republic of Uganda and, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Gen. Jeje Odongo and Uganda’s High Commissioner to Addis Ababa Rebecca Amuge Otengo.
The crossfire in the Ethiopian conflict area of Tigray has triggered a humanitarian crisis including Mass murder, sexual violence,, and famine. On 13 July 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to put pressure on the warring parties.
On Thursday 26th, August 2021, while speaking to the Security Council, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the conflict in Ethiopia had spread beyond the Tigray region and “a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes”.
Guterres called upon all parties to immediately end hostilities without preconditions and seize that opportunity to negotiate a lasting ceasefire.
“The human price of this war is mounting by the day … At least 400,000 people are living in famine-like conditions,” the UN chief said.
The prospect for talks between Ethiopia’s government and the Tigrayan leadership, which dominated the national government for 27 years before Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office, remains deeply challenging. Both China and Russia have warned that sanctions by individual countries, as the US imposed against the chief of staff of Eritrea’s defense forces, would only worsen the conflict.