Kigali, 1 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Rwanda, Vincent Biruta received General Odongo Jeje Abubakar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, and his delegation.

The two ministers had discussions focused on strengthening the cooperation between the two countries. The Ugandan delegation consisted of many high officials.

Permanent Secretary Bagiire Vincent Waiswa and Director Regional and International Political Affairs to Kigali Rwanda, Arthur Kafeero were part of it. The delegation will be accompanied to the meeting by Robert Rusoke, the High Commissioner, Uganda High Commission, Kigali, and Anne K. Katusiime, the Deputy Head of Mission.

The delegation will hold Diplomatic and Political consultations at the Ministerial level between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

Proceedings of the Meeting

Both Ministers acknowledged the ongoing progress made so far to normalize bilateral relations. The Diplomatic and Political consultations between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs are a continuation of the commitment of the Heads of State.

They are committed to further strengthening the cordial bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries. The Ministers further appreciated the leadership of both countries for their continued commitment to reviving and enhancing bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister of Uganda stated that he had ‘extremely cordial and very fruitful’ discussions with his Rwandan counterpart on a number of areas.

They also reiterated their commitment to focus efforts on the mutual regional security and development issues that impact the socio-economic welfare of the people of the two sides.

They agreed to review and revive bilateral cooperation in the different areas of interest by convening the next Joint Permanent Commission between Rwanda and Uganda.

Moreover, the Ministers agreed that the next Joint Permanent Commission will be hosted by the Republic of Rwanda by March 2023. It will focus on critical areas taking into consideration the outcomes of the last Joint Permanent Commission.

Foreign Minister of Rwanda said that the JPC which will happen before March will lay the ground for the next course of action.