President Paul Kagame of Rwanda met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in his first visit to the northern neighbor since tensions erupted in 2019, resulting in three years of border closures.
Museveni tweeted; “I also held bilateral talks with H.E President Paul Kagame on a number of issues, especially on regional peace, stability and cooperation. I welcome H.E Kagame to Uganda.”
According to a statement released by State House Entebbe, the two leaders decided to work together to promote regional peace and security by resolving the problem in eastern DRC through the East African Community bloc. It said the pair held talks on Sunday.
Before the problem in eastern DR Congo worsens, Museveni urged the regional grouping to address the insecurity there.
Kagame stated that all parties to the dispute must be involved in order to resolve the situation once and for all.
Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda agreed last week to send a regional force to combat rebel groups in the turbulent region.
President Kagame was in Uganda on a private visit to attend a banquet honoring Mr Museveni’s son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the commander of Uganda’s ground forces, who turned 48 over the weekend.
Museveni later tweeted images from the event, thanking President Kagame for coming “after years of not coming here” to accept the invitation.
Meanwhile, Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, arrived in Nairobi late Wednesday evening for security talks, two weeks after his previous visit.
He was in Nairobi earlier this month to sign the treaty for the DRC’s accession to the East African Community with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is also the current EAC chairman.
He also attended a mini-summit on regional security in early April, which brought together the two leaders, as well as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
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