Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday, during his visit to Cairo, to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries and enhancing cooperation in various fields, according to Egypt’s presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady.
The two presidents are to sign several agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation in the agriculture, industry, and electricity and renewable energy sectors.
Meanwhile, the second session of the joint ministerial commission between Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Ugandan counterpart Sam Kutesa concluded on Monday.
The session was also attended by the ministers of electricity and renewable energy, civil aviation, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and defence from the Ugandan side to discuss bilateral cooperation between the countries.
Both foreign ministers also discussed regional issues such as “the Nile waters file, the developments of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations, African Union reform, the contribution of Uganda to the African Union Mission in Somalia peacekeeping forces, and the situation in South Sudan and Burundi, as well as the navigation line project linking between Lake Victoria and the Mediterranean,” a statement by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry read.
Both countries can support stability, security, and peace on the African continent through joint efforts and their significant international and regional influence, Shoukry stressed.
The two leaders discussed the updates of the situation in Africa, particularly the situation in South Sudan, Libya, and East Africa.
They also discussed efforts to counter militancy. They further addressed the Nile water issue, stressing the importance of reinforcing cooperation amongst the Nile Basin states to achieve the common interests of each country.
During the meeting, Al-Sisi and Musevini agreed to move forward with implementing the project to link Victoria Lake to the Mediterranean Sea.
Following the meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of a number of memoranda of understanding and agreements, including a contract for establishing a solar power station in Uganda with capability of 4 MW, in addition to establishing Egyptian economic zones in Uganda.