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Rwanda and Uganda postpone peace summit to a later date in November

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The meeting between senior Rwandan and Ugandan officials which was scheduled for Wednesday, 13 November 2019, in Kampala has been postponed to 18 November 2019.

Diplomatic officials in Kigali did not give reasons for the postponement.

They, however, said there are still some issues to be ironed out between the two countries before people start traveling across their common border.

In August this year, Rwandan President Paul Kagame met his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, in the Angolan capital city of Luanda. There, the two leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at smoothening relations between the two countries.

In a statement issued at the end of their meeting, they said that “the summit welcomed the political will of (Rwanda and Uganda) to continue dialogue with a view to finding a solution to existing problems.” The meeting was witnessed by the leaders of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo, and Congo’s Denis Sassou Nguesso.

In addition, the two leaders also agreed to refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party and neighbouring countries.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed in Luanda also dictated the resumption of the cross-border activities between both countries, as soon as possible. This included the movement of persons and goods for the development and improvement of their populations.

During a previous meeting to repair bilateral relations, which took place in Kigali in September this year, Rwanda called upon the government of Uganda to address the key issues. In the meanwhile, Rwandan authorities have asked people to desist from traveling to Uganda because of safety concerns, although the two countries have mended fences at the Luanda regional summit.

Authorities in Kampala were accused of hosting, sponsoring, and facilitating terrorist groups – more specifically the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) – that have declared war on Rwanda.

– APA

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