Kenyan president arrives in Uganda for regional security talks



Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta have arrived in Uganda for regional talks on the political crisis in Burundi, the conflict in South Sudan and security situation in Somalia.

James Mugume, the permanent secretary, ministry of foreign affairs told reporters here at State House, Entebbe, 40 kilometers south of the capital, Kampala that the talks between Kenyatta and President Yoweri Museveni will focus on finding solutions to solve the political crisis in Burundi, the conflict in South Sudan and the security situation in Somalia.

“The two leaders will discuss a long range of regional issues.

“This include the situation in Burundi, the conflict in South Sudan and deployment of the IGAD [The Intergovernmental Authority on Development] force in the country,” said Mugume.

“Of course the leaders will also deliberate on the security situation in Somalia and seeing how to end the threat posed by Al Shabaab militants,” he said.

President Kenyatta, wife, Margret and his delegation who arrived in the East African country on Saturday were received by President Museveni at State House, Entebbe. He received 21 gun salute.

The two East African country leaders will on Monday be joined by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir to discuss the conflict in South Sudan.

The conflict in the world’s newest nation started which started in Mid December 2013 after troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, now opposition and rebel leader clashed in the capital, Juba left at least 1,000 people dead and hundreds displaced to the neighboring countries.

President Kenyatta will on Sunday morning visit Quality Chemicals Factory Limited, the manufacturers of Anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) and malaria drugs in the capital, Kampala and later in the afternoon address Uganda-Kenya Business Forum and Kenyan community resident in Uganda.

The visiting Kenyan head of state will on Monday address a special sitting of Uganda’s parliament on various regional issues.

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