In a statement read by Angola`s Foreign Minister after the day`s long summit, the heads of state thanked the heads of state for the progress made on Uganda and Rwanda`s commitment to eliminate the tension factor between the two Member States of the East African Community. In particular, they welcomed the release of prisoners from both sides and the guarantee that this process would continue in accordance with the rule of law and international humanitarian law. It is part of efforts to ease tensions between the two Countries of the East African Community. “There`s no border, there`s only relationships — it`s a family affair,” Angelo Izama, an independent Ugandan analyst, said of the tense dynamics between neighbors. “The parties commit to resume cross-border activities between the two countries, including the movement of people and goods, as soon as possible in order to improve and improve the lives of their people,” he said. The treaty was signed at the fourth four-party summit between the heads of state and government of Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda in Gatuna, on the Rwanda-Uganda border. Kagame said: “I deeply thank the Angolan and Congolese leaders for their attitude and fraternal commitment to helping us find solutions between Uganda and Rwanda,” his office tweeted. According to experts, the closure of the border concerned trade and the transport of people between the two countries. Rwanda refused its citizens entry into Uganda through the Gatuna-Katuna common border crossing and warned them that Ugandan security authorities would arrest them.
Rwandan dissidents, particularly members of the Rwandan National Congress (RNC) involved in anti-Rwanda operations in neighbouring Uganda, could soon be brought to justice in Kigali after the signing of an extradition agreement between the two countries. The most recent death came just days after Uganda released nine Rwandans accused of illegal possession of firearms, with Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa saying Kampala withdrew the charge in accordance with a recent agreement between the two countries. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Luanda, the capital of Angola, following a four-part summit between Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda on 12 July. Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda`s Minister of State, welcomes Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa on 16 September 2019 in Kigali, ahead of the inaugural meeting of a meeting between officials of the two countries. Photo| CYRIL NDEGEYA KAMPALA, February 21 (Xinhua) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame signed an extradition treaty Friday aimed at easing tensions over the closure of a common border between the two neighboring countries for more than a year.