EGYPTIAN President Hosni Mubarak jets into the country tomorrow on a one-day state visit aimed at bolstering bilateral relations between the two countries, although the ICC indictments for Sudanese leader Omar el Bashir may be discussed on the sidelines.
Foreign affairs ministry acting permanent secretary Patrick Mugoya yesterday said the visiting head of state would be accompanied by a delegation of ministers and will hold talks with President Yoweri Museveni.
â€œIt is about improving the relations between the two countries, which I must say is excellent,â€ Mugoya said, adding that the visit will also be aimed at â€œexploring other opportunities.â€
â€œWhile the visiting head of state will be meeting President Museveni his delegation will also hold talks with Ugandan delegations,â€ Mugoya said.
Asked if Bashirâ€™s indictments by the world court would be on the agenda, Mugoya replied: â€œThis is a state visit and therefore the matters to be discussed are those of bilateral nature between the two countries but it does not stop them from discussing the Sudan issue.â€
Egyptian foreign affairs minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Saturday announced the planned visits by Mubarak to Uganda and South Africa to launch new partnerships.
In a press release, Gheit said Egypt had always given its foreign policy priorities to African issues in fields like peace, security, economic and social development.
On Mubarakâ€™s upcoming visit, Gheit said the president was paying much attention to promoting ties with Uganda within the framework of the Nile Basin Initiative and other avenues of bilateral, regional and international cooperation.
The visit also comes days after the Egyptian president met the Sudanese vice-president, Ali Osman Taha and reaffirmed his governmentâ€™s support to Sudanâ€™s president Omar el Bashir over the ICC indictments. The world court has indicted Bashir over genocide in Darfur.
Egyptian president Mubarak expected tomorrow