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Museveni, Kagame interacted in Nairobi amid border issues

Africa: First time in history that President Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame have met physically in order to discuss the reopening of the Uganda and Rwanda border over a month ago. 

These two leaders’ countries have exchanged charges against each other in the past several years. Today, they are detecting the signing ceremony for the Treaty of Accession to the East African Community by the Democratic Republic of Congo in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

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Uhuru Kenyatta is the current chairman of the East African Community.

On Friday, both leaders came for a meeting and exacted at the same time they arrived in Nairobi before exchanging pleasantries.

According to Museveni’s tweet, he stated that “I have reached Nairobi, Kenya for the Signing Ceremony of the Treaty of Acquisition to the East African Society by the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

This is the first time the Nairobi meeting has been held between both leaders, and this is the interpersonal meeting between them following the reopening of the border last month. 

It is, however, still unclear whether the two leaders will later meet on the sidelines of the signing ceremony in Nairobi.

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Border reopening

Museveni and Kagame last did an interpersonal meeting in February 2020 at the Katuna border as part of the talks with the aim of solving the border standoff between the two countries.

However, the meeting yielded few tangible results.

However, there was a breakthrough after Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Commander of Land Forces in the UPDF and President Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations, met with President Kagame Kigali on several occasions.

Therefore, the border was reopened as both countries opened a new chapter in their relations.

 

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