President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame have signed an MoU committing to regional cooperation and security.
The agreement, which a high level diplomat described as “friendship agreement” is part of a wider plan to give the kiss of life to the two countries’ troubled relations.
The agreement, as we reported earlier today, was signed at the end of the Quadripartite Summit which was hosted by President Juan Lourenco of Angola and was witnessed by DRC president Felix Tshisekedi .
During the brief summit, the leaders discussed a wide range of issues regarding regional security and the concerns that culminated in closure of the Uganda-Rwanda border in March.
In a press briefing after the meeting, Rwandan leader Paul Kagame said a new path to follow was agreed upon by the leaders.
“We had the opportunity to broadly and extensively discuss many issues as we understood them, that underlined this problem, hence the MoU we have reached today which stipulates the path to follow as we continue to try to resolve this problem,” he said.
“I think it is not very difficult to address many of the problems we have had, it may take a bit of time to understand each other but I think we have come a long way,” Kagame added.
According to Kagame, two leaders agreed to have the Katuna border, which has been closed since March, reopened for business between the two neighbors to resume normally and for the trade embargo to be lifted.
“When you create a problem for people to move across the border from one side to another, then you have closed the border to people and goods. The MoU addresses all these matters very clearly and I don’t think we should be picking and choosing what we implement and what we don’t.”
Among other allegations raised by Rwanda in the heat of the diplomatic row, was that Uganda blocked some of its exports head to Mombasa.
They also accused Uganda of supporting dissident Rwandan generals especially Kayumba Nyamwasa to train a military force in DRC to topple Kagame.
Kagame expressed commitment to follow through on the commitment and called on his Ugandan counterpart to do the same.
“I see no problem in Rwanda working with President Lourenço, President Tshisekedi and more specifically with President Museveni to address what we have agreed to address,” he said.