Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni met February 21 for the fourth quadripartite Heads of State Summit as part of the ongoing process to recover the diplomatic relations that have been severe for close to two years.
Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço the Chief negotiator and Congolese President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi have joined them in a meeting held under closed doors.
The Heads of State under the mediation of the Angolan President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço agreed during the third quadripartite Heads of State Summit to release prisoners and withdraw support for “destabilisers” and protect citizens’ human rights among others.
“Uganda-Rwanda meeting in Luanda has ended. Five key resolutions arrived at. Release of prisoners, no support for “destabilisers”, protect citizens human rights, Ad Hoc team to continue & heads of state to meet again 21/2/2020 at Katuna border,” said Don Wanyama, the Press Secretary of President Museveni through a tweet.
“His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the republic of Uganda and His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the republic of Rwanda, have pledged to take subsequent steps towards peace, stability, good neighbourliness and restoring mutual trust,” reads the statement in parts.
President Kagame said late January at the Annual Diplomats’ Luncheon in Kigali that the closure of the Katuna border is a mere symptom to the root-causes that currently need urgent attention in the process of seeking a lasting solution to the growing conflict Kagame while officiating for over 60 diplomats on January29 in the capital, Kigali..
“No, there is what causes the difficulties at the border. And I think those ones need to be paid more attention to. How did we come to the point where we had difficulties at the border? It’s because of something else. We have to address something else, and by that we will be addressing the difficulties at the border,” observed Kagame.
“We have had hundreds of Rwandans arrested in Uganda. And we have raised this matter with Ugandan authorities. We have families of hundreds of families coming and appealing to us asking why you don’t ask Uganda to release our people. And that matter has been raised with Uganda repeatedly, several times, by different layers of our administration,” he added.
“His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the republic of Uganda and His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the republic of Rwanda, have pledged to take subsequent steps towards peace, stability, good neighbourliness and restoring mutual trust,” reads the statement in parts