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Angola set to host Museveni and Kagame again

 

A Museveni and Kagame tete-a-tete in South Africa where they attended the swearing in of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of South Africa earlier this year. They are set to meet a third time next week since February when Rwanda put new measures at their border. PHOTO PPU

Luanda, Angola | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame are expected to hold discussions in Angola next week, the second such meeting in two months.

According to a press release from the Angolan presidency, they two leaders will be the second of a quadripartite summit that will bring them together with President Joao Lourenco of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo.

According to the press release, the meeting between the four African statesmen follows the Luanda Summit on 12 July. The four heads of state will on on August 21 witness the signing of the instruments that enshrine the understandings reached.

At the last meeting, Rwanda and Uganda reached understanding to resolve tensions that have erupted between their two countries in recent months, after contacts undertaken by Angola with the DR Congo’s assistance. The Angola foreign minister has in the past week visited Kigali and Kampala to seal the deal.

The statement after the meeting 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 August 21 event is a followup of the July 12 summit also held in Angola’s Luanda which brought together the heads of state of the four countries. The July meeting convened by the Angolan president was devoted to regional security, cooperation and strengthening of ties among the four countries.

Uganda-Rwanda tensions

Rwanda’s Kagame and Yoweri Museveni, once close allies, have exchanged public accusations of spying on each other’s territory and political interference.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame (R), Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi (L), Uganda President Yoweri Museveni (C-L) and Angolan President Joao Lourenco (C-R) in Luanda. PHOTO AFP

Trade has been severely disrupted since late February when Rwanda abruptly closed the border with its northern neighbour, severing a major economic land route.

Apart from a brief interlude in June the frontier has mainly remained shut, damaging the economies of both countries reliant on cross-border trade.

In May, Ugandan police accused Rwandan soldiers of entering the country and killing two men, drawing an angry denial from Rwanda.

Analysts say the spat between Kagame and Museveni could threaten stability in the strife-prone region.

 

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2 comments

  1. Angolan president, thank u for helping the two men.

  2. Work out your differences. Bear in mind that the locals are deeply impacted. We took loans with security of our investments at the borders.

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