May 17, 2019

Uganda’s Foreign Minister Briefs Diplomats On Rwanda Relations


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Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister Dr Richard Sezibera with Uganda counterpart Sam Kutesa on the latter’s visit in Kigali last October to deliver message his boss President Yoweri Museveni

A day after calling Rwanda “our sister”, Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa has sent a briefing to all foreign envoys in Kampala.

In the four-page document, Kutesa repeats what he has officially said before about the ongoing fallout with the government of Rwanda.

He denies as “totally false”, the position by Kigali that Ugandan intelligence is arresting and torturing Rwandans.

The new element in the briefing is where Kutesa says Uganda is “working tirelessly behind the scenes” to restore relations with Rwanda. He says he attended events in Kigali marking the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, as part of the push.

Kutesa says Uganda will continue to “address any issues raised by Rwanda”, but only through diplomatic channels, and “not the press”.

Meanwhile, speaking Thursday at a press conference on other issues, Kutesa was asked by Rwanda.

He claimed “our friends and their media” are engaged in “provocations” against Uganda.

In a bizarre use of words, Kutesa at some point called Rwanda “our sister”.

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