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Rwanda – Uganda Talks: Minister Kutesa Explains Why Kampala Meeting was Postponed

Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa has come out with reassurance that the ongoing talks to ease tensions between Uganda and Rwanda are still on course.

The minister yesterday dismissed speculation that these talks had stalled following postponement of the second meeting in Kampala.

The meeting which was supposed to take place mid last month, 30 days after the initial one in Kigali, is now slated for November 18th.

Minister Kutesa explained that the Kampala meeting failed to take place because Angolan President João Lourenço, who is a key guarantor was pre-occupied with official duties.

“We were due to hold another meeting on the 13th here but our friends from Angola and DRC, who would want to be present at all these meetings because they were facilitators, couldn’t make it. Angola was unable to attend on 13th because of prior commitments. So we have pushed the meeting to 18th of this month”, the minister said.

On why the postponement was kept discreet, Kuteesa said it was deemed appropriate to keep these negotiations from the prying press.

The Rwanda Uganda talks commenced after the August MoU signed between the two countries in the Angolan capital Luanda, that was facilitated by Angola and DRC.

At a follow up meeting which took place on September 16th 2019 in the Rwanda’s capital of Kigali it was agreed that the issue of the border closure would be handled at length in Kampala in a months’ time.

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