Museveni, Kagame return to Angola to end row

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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.

By AFP/Xinhua/The Independent

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 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 follow-up 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.

Rwanda and Uganda reached an understanding after contacts undertaken by Angola with DR Congo’s assistance, according to a note of the civil office of President Joao Lourenco, reported Chinese Xinhua agency.

Don Wanyama, Museveni’s senior press secretary, told Xinhua President Museveni is indeed scheduled to attend the summit in Luanda this week.

“However, whether there is a deal or not, I am not sure. But the President is expected at the summit,” he added.

Since February, the Rwandan authorities blocked trucks carrying Ugandan goods from crossing into Rwanda.

They also blocked Rwandans from entering Uganda but allowed Ugandans to travel to and from Rwanda.

Rwandan authorities accused Uganda of harbouring anti-Rwanda agents. The Uganda government denied the accusations.

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