President Yoweri Museveni has Wednesday morning left for Luanda Angola to attend a summit aimed at ensuring long-term peace and security in the Great Lakes region.
The meeting to be chaired by the Angolan, President Joao Lourenco of Angola is also expected to be attended by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame and DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi.
In a post on his Facebook page, President Yoweri Museveni notes that the summit is a continuation of the ongoing dialoguing process on a number of issues in the region.
“Heading to Angola’s capital Luanda, for a quadripartite summit as part of the continuation of the dialoguing process aimed at finding a lasting solution to the different regional issues,” reads Museveni’s post on Facebook.
This is a follow up meeting of the July 12 summit by the same heads of state in Luanda where Kampala and Kigali reportedly agreed to resolve tensions that have erupted between their two countries in recent months, after contacts undertaken by Angola with the DR Congo’s assistance.
Angola through its ministry of Foreign affairs after the July meeting said in a statement that “the summit welcomed the political will of (Rwanda and Uganda) to continue dialogue with a view to finding a solution to existing problems.”
In February this year, relations between Uganda and Rwanda further soured after authorities in Rwanda closed the main border with Uganda at Katuna causing a major paralysis in the movement of goods and people.
Rwanda issued a travel advisory restricting Rwandan nationals to cross to Uganda in what the Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Richard Sezibera said was aimed at safeguarding them from arrest, torture and harassment.
But Uganda has since maintained that they will continue to address the issues raised by neighbouring Rwanda, through the available diplomatic channels and not the press.
It is anticipated that President Museveni and Kagame will today hold further discussions in the matters raised before signing instruments that enshrine the understandings reached.