Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame arrives at State House Entebbe

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame arrives at State House Entebbe
Rwanda's President Paul Kagame (L) was welcomed by his host President Yoweri Museveni at 11:30pm

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has arrived at State House Entebbe for a one-day state visit.

Clad in a navy blue suit matched with a white and black tie, Kagame was welcomed by President Yoweri Museveni who made his welcoming remarks in Kinyarwanda at 11:30pm.

They are currently having a closed-door meeting which will be followed by bilateral talks with a section of ministers.

Journalists are to be addressed by the two presidents later on.

Kagame’s meeting with Museveni is a follow up on the Addis Ababa talks in February, whose aim, according to reports, is to find a solution to the tensions between the two countries.

The visit comes four days after a historic signing of the African Free Trade Area pact in Kigali, an event that President Museveni skipped and was represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.

Forty-four African countries signed an agreement establishing a free trade area seen as vital to the continent’s economic development on Wednesday.

The creation of a free trade area – billed as the world’s largest in terms of participating countries – comes after two years of negotiations, and is one of the AU’s flagship projects for greater African integration.

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