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Premier congratulates Rwandan and Ugandan Presidents for signing peace pact

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Addis Ababa, August 23, 2019 (FBC) – Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has congratulated President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for signing the peace agreement aimed at easing tensions between their respective countries.

According to office of the Prime Minister, PM Dr Abiy hoped that the pact will pave the path for strengthening regional cooperation and collective development.

On Wednesday, the two leaders signed a pact in Angola aimed at ending months of tensions that saw the two neighbours accusing each other of espionage, political killings and attacks on trade.

The two leaders were once close allies but have recently faced off in a series of disputes that many feared could threaten regional stability and economic integration.

The enmity led to the closure of an important commercial crossing in February, said Aljazeera.

According to a statement issued after Wednesday’s signing ceremony in Luanda, the two presidents agreed to respect each other’s sovereignty and that “of the neighbouring countries”.

They also undertook to “refrain from actions conducive to destabilisation or subversion in the territory of the other party (and) acts such as the financing, training and infiltration of destabilising forces”.

The two leaders also agreed to “protect and respect the rights and freedoms” of people “residing or transiting” through their respective countries and to resume cross-border activities “including movement of persons and goods … as soon as possible”.