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HAPPENING NOW: Rwanda-Uganda meeting gets underway in Kigali

Rwanda and Ugandan officials Monday started a one-day meeting in Kigali to come up with a solution to end the ongoing impasse in relations between the two countries (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KIGALI – The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda agreement between Uganda and Rwanda is currently underway in Kigali.

On the Uganda side is Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, his deputy Gen Jeje Odongo and Attorney General William Byaruhanga, among others.

On top of top Rwanda officials, it is being witnessed by the Minister of External Relations of Angola and the Deputy PM/Minister of Interior of DRC.

The officials are expected to tackle every action point of the memorandum of understanding.

According to the memorandum of understanding, Rwanda and Uganda undertook to respect the sovereignty of each other’s and of the neighboring countries, and refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party and neighboring countries, thereby eliminating all factors that may create such perception, as well as that of acts such as the financing, training and infiltration of distabilizing forces

They also agreed to protect and respect the rights and freedoms of the national of the other party residing or transiting in their national territories, in accordance with the law of the country and resume as soon as possible the cross-border activities between both countries, including the movement of persons and goods, for the development and improvement of the lives of their populations.

The two leaders also agreed to promote, with the spirit of pan-Africanism and regional integration, comprehensive cooperation in the fields of politics’ security, defense, trade and cultural exchange, investment, based on complimentary and synergies

They also promised to establish and Ad Hoc commission for the implementation of this memorandum or understanding, headed by the ministers of Foreign Affairs and composed of the Ministers responsible for internal administration and head of Intelligence of both countries.

They will also keep facilitators regularly informed of progress in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding.

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