Rwanda, SA agree to resolve diplomatic row
President Paul Kagame and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma have agreed to resolve the diplomatic row between the two countries, which has gripped both nations, to an extent of each reciprocally expelling the other’s diplomats.
While appearing on SABC TV, Jacob Zuma said that the two leaders had “agreed to share some detailed information and deal with the issues”.
The South African President was invited to attend a mini-summit of the Heads of State for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), in Angolan capital Luanda, which was also attended by President Paul Kagame.
Rwanda has accused South Africa for housing Rwandan dissents who have manned several attacks on Rwandans, but Pretoria has instead turned guns to Kigali accusing it of interfering with its sovereignty.
The notch to the row went higher early March when South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats and Rwanda in return expelled six South African diplomats and simultaneously closing down the Kigali based South African High Commission.
The diplomatic row was also discussed at the Luanda summit itself and “there was agreement that the two countries discuss the issue and find a mutually agreeable solution,” Zuma’s office said in a statement.
Zuma said there “was an agreement that South Africa and Rwanda meet and that has been accepted”, the statement added.