Rwanda and DR Congo sign agreement to strengthen bilateral ties

President Félix Tshisekedi of Dr Congo  and his neighbouring  Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame have on Saturday signed three separate  agreements to deepen their relationship. 

The agreements  seek to strengthen the  two nation’s bilateral relations which has over the years been seen as antagonistic. 

 During  a joint press conference organized by the two heads of states, which  took place in Goma (North Kivu) of Congo,  the two countries agreed  to promote  and protect its trade  investments, avoid  double taxation and tax evasion  and   also increase its gold mining cooperation. 

Speaking during the press conference, President Félix Tshisekedi noted that it is time for the relations of  the two nations to be more  friendly and fraternal. 

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“We have wasted so many years being antagonistic towards each other, living in tension and in a war situation, but also sharing hatred, now that’s enough,” he added. 

On Friday, the two heads of states  held a two-hour meeting in Rubavu, a border town in Rwanda, where they discussed several issues, including security in the region, the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in May, and in particular Kinshasa’s integration into the East African Community.

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