Angolan president João Lourenço traveled to Rwanda on Thursday, a day before a quadripartite heads-of-state summit convened to seek an end to hostile diplomatic relations between Rwanda and Uganda. Lourenço will be joining Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, Rwandan president Paul Kagame, and DRC president Félix Tshisekedi at the Gatuna–Katuna border crossing between Rwanda and Uganda on Friday, February 21. This meeting is the fifth in a series of gatherings facilitated by Angola and the DRC to normalize relations between the two East African countries.
Rwanda has released twenty-two Ugandan prisoners since January, including thirteen this past Tuesday following a meeting on Friday, February 14, of the Ad Hoc Commission on the Implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding, which the two countries signed in August 2019. The standoff between Rwanda and Uganda relates to accusations that both nations are providing material support to rebel groups that have launched attacks against state security forces, charges that two heads of state have both denied. Promisingly, Uganda’s delegation agreed by February 20 to respond and verify the veracity of reports it has been detaining and torturing hundreds of Rwandan prisoners.