Kagame in Maputo for working visit

APA - Kigali (Rwanda)

Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrived in Maputo, Mozambique Friday on a working visit, officials confirmed in Kigali.

Upon arrival, President Kagame and and his Mozambican counterpart Philippe Nyusi meet with their delegations to discuss ongoing areas of cooperation.

The visit comes a few days after Rwanda and Mozambique reached a mutual visa-free agreement for holders of ordinary passports.

The agreement endorsed by the senior Mozambican government official and Rwandan minister of foreign affairs and Internationa cooperation will encourage free movements enhance collaboration between the two countries, a statement issued in Kigali recently said.

Since July 2021, a total of 2,000 Rwandan troops have been deployed in Cabo Delgado working alongside soldiers of the Mozambican army and a detachment from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) task force.

With the support of Rwandan and SADC forces, the counter-insurgency campaign has reclaimed strategically important territory and captured several rebel bases in recent months.

In July 2018, Rwanda and Mozambique signed five bilateral pacts in a bid to strengthen ties and partnership in all fields of endeavour.

The five pacts include a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission which is currently overseeing the process of strengthening ties between the countries.

The two countries also signed a Bilateral Air Service agreement, exemption of visa requirements for diplomatic and service passport holders and an MoU on science and technology, higher education and professional training.

The Bilateral Air Service agreement is a step towards more reliable and predictable air services between the countries and could see the national carrier operate flights to Mozambique.

Both countries also signed another MoU between Rwanda Development Board and the Investment and Export Promotion Agency of Mozambique.


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