Uganda, Eritrean Leaders Hold Talks Over Regional Strategic Issues

Posted August 18, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 3,159 views


KAMPALA (Dow Jones) ~ The presidents of Uganda and Eritrea met on Tuesday in the Ugandan capital to discuss strategic and political issues in East Africa as well as the crisis-stricken horn of Africa, the Ugandan presidency said Wednesday.

President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea, who is on a three-day state visit to Uganda, called for more communication among leaders in the region to strengthen ties and establish areas of coordination, a Ugandan presidential spokeswoman said in a statement.

The United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia has accused Eritrea of supporting extremists in war-torn Somalia, where Ugandan troops are leading an African Union peacekeeping mission. The monitoring group also said in a report last month that Eritrea bankrolls the extremists who carried out the July 2010 terror attacks in Uganda that left 79 people dead. Eritrea described the allegations in the report as “ridiculous and absurd”.

Political analysts say that the talks are important as Eritrea seeks to mend fences and end its international isolation.

-By Nicholas Bariyo, contributing to Dow Jones Newswires; 256-75-2624615

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