On Sunday, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met in Kampala for bilateral discussions.
As part of the East African Community, the two leaders pledged to work together to promote regional peace and stability by jointly tackling the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The talks came after the bloc’s Heads of State met in Nairobi last week and agreed to establish a regional military force aimed at resolving decades of turmoil in eastern DRC caused by armed groups.
Early in April, the Democratic Republic of Congo signed an admission pact with the EAC, making it the bloc’s seventh member.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vincent Biruta represented President Kagame in the Nairobi summit last week when leaders discussed regional security.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised the bloc’s decision, saying that the UN fully supports the East African countries’ initiative to bring peace to eastern DRC.
The Nairobi meeting also asked fighting parties to discuss about their differences, and several were invited to Nairobi.
Museveni informed Kagame about the Nairobi negotiations during a meeting at State House Entebbe on Sunday.
According to a statement released by State House, Museveni told his Rwandan counterpart, who was in town for a one-day private visit, that the region’s difficulties, including as the DRC crisis, required a coordinated response from all regional members.
“This time, we must insist on cooperating because these individuals have been through so much.” “I warned President Kenyatta that unless we join in as a region, Congo might become Sudan,” Museveni stated.
Kagame further stated that the DRC situation can be solved if the leaders of all armed factions meet and agree on a course of action.
According to a statement from the State House, Kagame added, “They need to communicate without leaving anyone behind.”
Later, on the invitation of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni, Kagame attended a birthday dinner for their son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who turned 48.
The Rwandan President’s visit to Uganda was his first since March 2018. Since 2018, when Kigali closed its common border with Uganda, tensions between the two nations have risen.
Rwanda then accused Uganda of harassing its citizens and assisting dissidents seeking to destabilize the Kigali government, while Kampala accused Rwanda of illegal espionage on its grounds.
Since then, the two countries have undertaken multiple rounds of discussions to normalize relations, and the border has been reopened. courtesy of East African