Uganda foreign minister in Cairo as part of Arab tour

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Jun 2016

Uganda foreign minister Henry Oryem Okello
Uganda foreign minister Henry Oryem Okello (AFP)

Uganda's Foreign Minister Henry Oryem Okello arrived Tuesday in Egypt for the first stop in his Arab tour, Cairo airport officials said.

Okello is due to hold talks today with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on bilateral ties between the two countries, local media reported.

During his multiple-day visit, Okello is also scheduled to meet with other top Egyptian government officials to discuss means of boosting cooperation between the two countries in several fields.

Egypt had said that it enjoys "positive and developing" relations with the Nile-basin country in all fields, particularly in the field of technical training and water resources.

Egypt said in late 2015 that it had provided a $22.4 million grant to Uganda in water projects over the past 16 years.

El-Sisi and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met in September 2014 on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.  In December 2015, Egyptian water minister Hossam El-Moghazy visited the central-easter African country to reinforce water resource cooperation.

Okello's tour aims to bolster cooperation with Arab states, with other stops to include the UAE and Oman.

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