By The Inspirer Reporter.
Today, officilas from round the region have arrived in Kigali for the first meeting of the Ad-Hoc Commission on the Implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda.
The discussions are being held at the Rwanda Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The opening ceremony will be attended by the Minister of Extenal Relations of Angola and the Deputy PM/Minister of Interior of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Rwanda-Uganda ties are too important to address issues that have busted relations over the last few months.
Many people are expecting decisions from this high level officials’ meeting that will discuss the implementation of the MoU signed last year on August 21st in Luanda, Angola with aims to solve tensions between the two countries.
The Ugandan delegation is led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa while the hosts’ delegation is led by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe.
While delivering his opening remarks, Angola’s Minister of External Relations Manuel Domingos Augusto says the meeting is a positive step towards the implementation of the Luanda Agreement & is a sign of political will on both ends to put into action what was agreed in Luanda.
He emphasized that the implementation of the MoU will be key in ensuring peace & stability in the Great Lakes region. He said he is optimistic that both countries will work towards resolving the bilateral issues affecting relations between Rwanda & Uganda.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Deputy Premier & Minister of Interior, Security & Customary Affairs Gilbert Kakonde Malamba says President Felix Tshisekedi is determined to support Rwanda & Uganda in this journey of reconciliation for the benefit of regional stability.
Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa speaking now. He says the MoU enshrines the principle of finding African solutions to African problems. He gave a historical background of ties between the two countries, saying that they are interconnected.
“Uganda is committed to the implementation of the Luanda MoU & looks forward to working with Rwanda & the facilitators to resolve the outstanding issues as soon as possible.” He said.
Minister Nduhungirehe says the Luanda MoU is a major milestone towards resolving the issues affecting the two countries, echoing Minister Kutesa’s earlier remarks that the two countries share historical ties as well economic & social relations which are affected by the situation.
“Rwanda is fully committed to the realization of the provisions of the MoU. We will not be found to be wanting.” says Minister Nduhungirehe, highlighting the key issues that must be effectively addressed.
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