Nagy, who met President Museveni on Friday, said although he was scheduled to meet Rwandan President, Paul Kagame he isn’t in the region as a mediator or special envoy, but said as US they support peace and democracy.
Rwanda are positive forces for peace, security and economic growth of the
region, the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs in the State Department, Tibor
Nagy has said.
Nagy, who is on a visit to Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) and Cameroon, says regional security is important for both
countries, saying they have both experienced the turbulence in the Eastern DRC.
He argues that
Uganda and Rwanda are longtime friends, who can talk and come to a
solution on whatever conflict they have. Nagy said this at a press conference at
Serena conference he addressed jointly with the US Ambassador to Uganda,
Deborah R. Malac.
responding to questions from journalists on the heightened relations between
Rwanda and Uganda. Nagy, who met President Museveni on Friday, said
although he was scheduled to meet Rwandan President, Paul Kagame he isn’t in the region
as a mediator or special envoy, but said as US they support peace and
He said they encourage the two countries to discuss the disputes
between them, since they have known each other for long.
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Tension between Uganda and Rwanda has been growing in the
recent past. It climaxed with Rwanda’s closures of Gatuna and Chanika borders
under the guise of working on the One Stop Border Post at Gatuna.
debate raged on about the sudden decision, Rwanda cautioned its nationals
against travelling to Uganda. Rwandan ministers accused Uganda of illegally
detaining their nationals, enforcing the deportation of hundreds and denying
A top Rwandan official also
appeared in the media accusing Uganda of harboring Rwandan dissidents with
intentions of destabilizing their country.
Kagame reiterated the same position, saying Uganda isn’t safe for Rwandans
except for those plotting to destabilize Rwanda.
He explained that Uganda has refused to take action against dissidents, even when
presented with concrete evidence.
spoke about the sour relationship between the two countries at the 16th
National Leadership Retreat at Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) Combat Training
Center in Gabiro, Eastern Province.
Uganda has repeatedly denied
hosting Rwandan dissidents and picking up its citizens, saying those locked up arrest are criminals just like any other, saying no
Rwandan has been targeted.
Uganda has also
issued travel advisories to the business community transporting goods to Rwanda
to consider exiting into Rwanda through Miriama Hills and Cyanika Customs Border
Post while goods in transit to Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC should exit via
customs border posts shared by both countries.