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Kagame Meets Ugandan Envoy Amid Escalating Tensions

President Paul Kagame met Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa at Urugwiro Village on Friday to iron out an ongoing diplomatic squabble between the two countries.

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, also attended the meeting that was “mainly on regional integration.”

Minister Mushikiwabo said in a tweet that Minister Kutesa had delivered a message from Uganda’s President Yoweli Kaguta Museveni.

 

Minister Kutesa’s visit comes at a time of an escalated spat between Rwanda and Uganda over torture and harassment of Rwandans in Uganda, presence of Rwandan rebels on Uganda’s territory and planning to destabilise Rwanda and failure to implement joint infrastructure projects.

Rwanda had earlier last month sent a diplomatic note to Uganda seeking clarification on the operations of Rwanda National Congress members in on Uganda’s soil

Rwanda has also expressed concern that the detained Rwandans “are usually denied consular services.”

Minister Mushikiwabo said that they talked about regional integration and “the state of bilateral relations, including continuing arrests and disappearances of Rwandan citizens in Uganda, causing tension, and many Rwandan families to petition their government to intervene for their loved ones.”

She said that President Kagame stressed that for integration to be successful, “there has to be something for everybody, all partners must win.”

Media reports say that the meeting was ‘jovial’ and that the meeting is a big step forward in normalising and strengthening our bilateral relations.

Meanwhile, before his visit to Kigali, Kutesa had on Wednesday traveled to Tanzania where he met with President John Pombe Magufuli at State House in Dar-es-salaam.

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