December 6, 2023

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandese counterpart Paul Kagame met on Sunday in Luanda, the Angolan capital, and agreed to improve relations after tensions led to the closure of the main border between the two nations.

The summit was the second to be hosted by Angola’s President João Lourenço and was also attended by Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi.

President Museveni and President Kagame agreed that their countries would “refrain from the perception of supporting, financing, training and infiltration of destabilizing forces in their neighbour’s territory”, according to a communiqué of the summit.

They also agreed to “take subsequent steps towards peace, stability, good neighbourliness and restoring mutual trust”.

Part of the steps would include swapping of prisoners. But they did not say how many prisoners would be freed nor give details on how or when the exchange would take place, AFP reports.

The two leaders also agreed that the next summit would be held at the Katuna/Gatuna border point between the two countries on 21 February.

President Museveni tweeted that Uganda would ensure the agreement was implemented:

Diplomatic relations between Rwanda and Uganda have been strained for more than a year.

Rwandan authorities accuse Uganda of supporting an opposition movement, Rwansa National Congress (RNC), led by former Rwandan army chief Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa. They also accuse Uganda of arresting and torturing a number of Rwandans in Uganda.

Uganda, for its part, accuses Rwanda of infiltrating its security services and interfering with its internal politics.

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