By Our staff reporter
Tarco Airlines is to start direct flights between the Sudanese capital Khartoum and Entebbe International airport in Uganda so as to improve the connectivity between the two countries and promote trade, tourism and investment.
This is contained in a joint communiqué co-signed by Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister, Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour and Uganda’s Junior Foreign Affairs Minister, Henry Okello Oryem.
Tarco Airways or Tarco Air is an airline based in Khartoum, Sudan, established in 2009.
The Communiqué followed a closed meeting between president, Yoweri Museveni and his Sudan counterpart, General Omar Bashir at Entebbe State House on Monday.
General Bashir is on a three day state visit to Uganda. According to the communiqué, the two leaders had talks focusing on bilateral relations, regional peace and security, and international matters of mutual interest.
They also reviewed implementation of the decisions made during the Official Visit of President Yoweri Museveni to Sudan on September 15-16, 2015 as well as the 5th Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC).
They noted the progress being made in cooperation between the two countries particularly in the sectors of trade and investment, transport, security and education. They also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Higher Education between the two countries.
They directed their respective Ministers to fast track implementation of all decisions agreed upon and conclude all pending Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the areas of agriculture, sports and youth as well as security before the next JMC to be hosted by Uganda by March 2018.
“Their Excellences noted the ongoing collaboration between the respective Standards Agencies with regard to quality assurance of coffee exports and stressed the need for value addition,” reads the communiqué issued by Uganda’s Junior Foreign Affairs Minister, Henry Okello Oryem.
Museveni congratulated President Omar Al-Bashir, the Government and people of the Sudan on the lifting of the trade and economic sanctions that had been unilaterally imposed on the country by the United States for nearly 20 years.
“The Heads of State noted the opportunities for boosting trade volumes between the countries and called upon the business communities and private sectors to take advantage of this positive development,” reads the communiqué.
According to Oryem, Museveni commended Bashir on the progress being made following the conclusion of the National Dialogue in 2016, which addressed issues of concern to Sudanese parties who participated in the dialogue.
They also exchanged views on regional security, and underscored the need to support the IGAD led revitalization of the implementation of the Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) and the unique roles being played by both Sudan and Uganda as immediate neighbors of South Sudan.
They undertook to intensify efforts, bilaterally and within the IGAD and AU frameworks, towards finding a lasting political solution through an all-inclusive National dialogue.