Ethiopia Prime Minister Desalegn in Uganda on Three-Day State Visit

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President Museveni with Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at State House Entebbe. PHOTO BY PPU

By UBC Reporter

The Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn has begun a 3-day state visit to Uganda at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni.

Prime Minister Desalegn, who is accompanied by his wife, Roman Tesfaye Abney arrived in the country earlier today and was received at State House, Entebbe by his host President Yoweri Museveni and his wife, Janet Museveni.

Addressing a joint press conference at State House Entebbe the Ethiopian Prime Minister hailed President Museveni as a stabilizing force on the African continent.

He noted that the volatile Horn of African region needs to cooperate with countries like Uganda to help them in the fight against wrong elements like the Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia.

President Museveni told his visitor that there is need for the region to support Somalia after ‘defeating Al Shabaab’ so that they can be able to develop their own country and also revive their weak economy.

According to president Museveni, the two countries discussed the possibility of construction of a road joining Uganda (Karamoja) to the North Western Ethiopia.

The two leaders also discussed the Nile, South Sudan and other issues related to cooperation of the two countries.

PM Desalegn, who has led Ethiopia since 2012, was treated to a red carpet welcome and accorded a 19-gun salute.  He also inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces and also entertained by Ugandan traditional local troupes.

PM Desalegn is accompanied by a delegation of Ministers and high-ranking government officials in the Ethiopian government.