Rwanda reopens its border with Uganda after three years as relations thaw

Rwanda said on Friday that it will reopen its border with Uganda at the end of the month following a three-year closure, signaling a thaw in frosty relations between neighbors.

The move follows a visit to Kigali last weekend by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s powerful son, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, during which he and Rwandan President Paul Kagame promised to re-establish ties.

The border was closed in February 2019 when political tensions between Kigali and Kampala spiraled, causing devastating two-way trade.

Rwanda’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Gatuna’s main border post between the two countries would reopen on January 31.

“The Rwandan government remains committed to ongoing efforts to resolve ongoing issues between Rwanda and Uganda and believes that today’s announcement will make a positive contribution to the rapid normalization of relations between the two countries.”

There was no immediate comment from the Ugandan government, but it retweeted the Rwandan statement on its official account.


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