Uganda's Museveni to expel Sudan rebels: Khartoum

KHARTOUM – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to expel senior members of Sudanese rebel forces out of his country, according to a senior Sudanese official.

Obeid-Allah Mohamed, the State Minister at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, told local Ashorooq satellite television channel on Monday that Museveni expressed "understanding and readiness" to cooperate with the Sudanese government during a meeting with a Sudanese delegation near Kampala.

The delegation, which included Mohamed and Interior Minister Hasabo Abdel-Rahman, had responded to an invitation by Museveni to his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir to discuss security issues and bilateral relations, according to Mohamed.

"A follow-up mechanism was established to monitor the meeting's outcome, especially on security matters," Mohamed said.

Sudan and Uganda have been at loggerheads for more than two decades over mutual accusations other of backing rebel movements.

Tensions between the two countries have persisted even after South Sudan and Sudan signed a peace treaty that opened the door for the independence of South Sudan in 2011.

Sudan has repeatedly accused Uganda of having expansionist plans in South Sudan.

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