Uganda President Visits Sudan for Talks on Rebels, Minister Says

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is visiting Sudan’s capital for the first time in more than a decade to meet his counterpart Umar al-Bashir and discuss allegations of support for anti-government insurgencies, Sudanese authorities said.

Museveni, 71, arrived late Tuesday in the capital, Khartoum, for the two-day visit, Sudan’s state-run SUNA news agency reported.

“The meeting is to mainly address security issues such as the South Sudanese war and to urge Uganda to stop supporting Sudanese rebels,” Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said earlier by phone.

Both Sudan and Uganda have been wracked by armed rebellions since achieving independence in the second half of the 20th century. Sudan, which is battling insurgencies in its western Darfur region and two southern states, has previously accused Uganda of sheltering “hostile elements and groups.”

Uganda, in turn, has said Sudan provides backing for the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Central African insurgency led by Ugandan Joseph Kony. In February, Sudan’s foreign ministry said the two governments had agreed on “ending activities of negative groups.”

Uganda has troops in neighboring South Sudan, where it intervened in support of President Salva Kiir when civil war erupted in December 2013.

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