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UPDATE: Kutesa to lead delegation as govt sets date for talks with Rwanda

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Sam Kutesa met with the President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda in Kigali recently (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – Uganda and Rwanda officials are set to meet on Monday, September 16, as part of the implementation of the Angola protocol signed by leaders of the two countries.

President Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame signed the Angola Quadripartite Summit agreement last month following counter-accusations of spying and assassinations. The chaos led to the closure of the border between the two countries.

On Thursday, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo announced that Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa will lead Uganda’s delegation to the first meeting with Rwanda as per the Luanda memorandum of understanding aimed at resolving ongoing disputes between the two nations.

Mr Opondo said the meeting will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.

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 complementary 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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