Rwanda, Uganda reiterate commitment to refraining from acts of destablizing each other
Rwanda and Uganda on Monday reiterated their commitment to refraining any acts of destabilization against each other following deliberations at the first meeting of the ad hoc commission of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in August to cease hostilities between the two countries.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, signed the MoU during a quadripartite summit which was also attended by the host, Angolan President Joao Lourenco, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi in Luanda.
Rwanda provided a list of Rwandans detained in Uganda and Uganda committed to verifying the information for the purpose of processing those named through due judicial process and releasing those who are not found with evidence of criminal conducts, said a joint communique released after the meeting held earlier on the day in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
Rwanda and Uganda agreed to finalize the extradition treaty in order to provide a framework for the future exchange of criminal fugitives, said the communique, adding that both parties committed to cease all forms of "hostile propaganda" in both mainstream and social media.
Kigali and Kampala also agreed to discuss outstanding issues including free movement of persons, goods and services across the common border in the next meeting in Kampala after 30 days to review the progress of the implementation
of the MoU.
"We have agreed to work on each of the concerns from both sides in the next 30 days, after which the ad hoc commission will meet in Kampala to review the progress made," Rwandan Minister of State in Charge of East African Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe said at a joint press conference with Uganda foreign minister Sam Kutesa after a closed session of the meeting.
The meeting took place in a frank and cordial atmosphere and both sides raised their concerns in a bid to find the common solution to the bilateral stand-off, said Nduhungirehe.
"We are looking forward to fully implementing the Luanda MoU and today's meeting was positive and fruitful," said Kutesa.
Uganda does not support or harbor groups that want to destabilize Rwanda and would have no interest in destabilizing Rwanda, he said. (Xinhua)