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Angolan President Joao Lourenco arrives ahead of Rwanda-Uganda talks

Angolan President Joao Lourenco arrives ahead of Rwanda-Uganda talks

President Joao Lourenco is set travel to Rwanda where the Angolan leader is going to take part in the upcoming summit. Four East African countries’ leaders will discuss the ways of normalization of the situation in a region, Jornal de Angola newspaper reported.

The most recent summit of the group of four nations’ leaders took place in Luanda, on February 2. The Quadripartite Heads of State Summit kicks of today, the Rwanda-Ugandan talks aim at the end the feud between two neighbouring countries.

The summit will be held at the Gatuna-Katuna border crossing between Rwanda and Uganda on Friday, February 21. The Angolan President Lourenço is expected to join President Paul Kagame, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Félix Tshisekedi the President of DR Congo in their bid to ease tensions between Kigali and Kampala.

It is the latest of the series of regional meetings facilitated by Angola and DR Congo in an effort end the standoff between two East African Community nations.

The upcoming talks are the fifth of its kind by the four leaders, the first summit took place on May 31, 2019, in Kinshasa, DR Congo, while the city of Luanda hosted the other three, held on July 12, August 21, 2019 and February 2, 2020.

The Uganda-Rwandan relations are normalizing month to month

Prior to starting the discussion, the Ugandan delegation agreed that their government would undertake to verify and respond, by February 20, to some of the most pressing issues capable of immediately being addressed and further investigate and respond to the other issues.

It comes after the Ugandan government on Tuesday released 13 Rwandans, four days after the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Uganda and Rwanda held in Kigali, last week.

In addition, the other nine Rwandans were released from the Ugandan jails after three years of incarceration.

Rwanda has continuously provided evidence pinning Uganda on efforts by armed negative groups to destabilise the former and denounced arbitrary arrests and detention as well as torture of hundreds of its citizens in Uganda.