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Ethiopian premier, Ugandan president clashes over Machar detention

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, right, and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, left, (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

August 20th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and Uganda President Yoweri Museveni have reportedly clashed on phone over the detention of opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar.

Sources close to both leaders said the unpleasant encounter between the two regional leaders took place on Sunday following the return of the Ethiopian Prime Minister from the Sudanese capital Khartoum where he attended the signing ceremony of power-sharing agreement between the ruling military Junta and protest group, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC).

One source from the Ethiopian foreign ministry said Abiy Ahmed phoned Museveni on Sunday after Salva Kiir turned down his initiative to meet Machar, a rival turned peace partner, in Khartoum on Sunday.

After that, he called Museveni and asked what he think if Machar would be set free,” the source said.

Museveni suggested that Machar remains under detention until the unity government is formed,” the source said.

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