President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday met with the Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda Alemtsehay Meseret Gelaw with whom they disussed the conflict between the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the government.
During the meeting that took place at State House Entebbe, President Museveni learnt that the factions had began dialogue, and said that he was happy about the progress.·
"I am happy to hear that the factions have started a dialogue and I believe they will reach a win-win end result," he said.
The dialogue, which has also been rooted for by the European Union and the US -- will hopefully end the 21-month-long armed conflict.
In March, the Ethiopian government declared a humanitarian truce after the federal forces pushed the rebels back from Amhara and Afar regions, but the Tigray region of roughly six million people remains in TPLF’s control ever since.
Millions have been displaced due to the war that started in November 2020 when the TPLF forces attacked army bases across the Tigray region, including the regional capital Mekelle.
Last week, the Ethiopian government announced that it was ready to sit in talks with the rebels without any precondition but the TPLF put a slew of demands, including the resumption of basic services in Tigray, before talks.
Museveni and the envoy also discussed the renaissance dam construction.
"On the construction of the renaissance dam, I think we should have a top-level leadership meeting on the Nile, where we discuss the real issues; energy and irrigation," he said after the meeting.
"In any case, due to changes in the environment that led to the reduction of rain, the waters of the Nile had already reduced by 20bn cubic meters before reaching Egypt. These are the real issues and they have nothing to do with colonial treaties."