Borders remain closed despite Museveni -Kagame meeting

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President Museveni shakes hands with Paul Kagame during the summit at Gatuna/Katuna border today; Online Photo

The Uganda – Rwanda border will remain closed until after Uganda verifies allegations made by Rwanda, that Uganda is harboring dissidents from Rwanda operating on its teritory.

The new development is an outcome of the 4th quadripartite summit held today, between Heads of State of Uganda and Rwanda.

The highly secured meeting between president Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, was held this morning at Gatuna/ Katuna border. The meeting was expected to ease diplomatic tensions existing between the two countries, which resulted into Rwanda closing its border with Uganda.

The meeting was witnessed by His Excellency Joao Lourenco of Angola, and Felix Tshisekedi of Democratic Republic of Congo.

Heads of state and their entourages at the event; Online Photo

The summit recommended that Uganda government must verify allegations of activities by forces hostile to the government of Rwanda, within a period of one month. This action must be verified and confirmed by the Ad-Hoc Ministerial Commission for the implimentation of the MOU signed by both leaders in Luanda, Angola in August, 2019.

The summit also recommended that once the allegations are proved, the Ugandan government will take all measures to stop it, and prevent it from happening again. Once done, the Heads of State will then convene in 15 days at Gatuna/Katuna border, for the solemn reopening of borders and subsequent normalization of the relations between the two countries.

The Heads of State noted that since the last meeting, progress was registered, regarding the commitment of the two parties to do everything they can to eliminate the tension factors. The heads of the Republic of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo welcomed the signing of the extradition treaty that took place today between the Republic of Uganda, and the Republic of Rwanda.

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