Congolese envoy arrives in Kigali


KIGALI - The newly appointed Congolese envoy

to Rwanda, yesterday, arrived in the country

to begin his official diplomatic duties.

Norbert Nkulu Kilombo Mitumba, was received at

the Kigali International Airport

by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mitumba, who one time served as

State Minister in the Office of the President,

was appointed last July.

Upon arrival at the airport, Ambassador Mitumba

was welcomed by a mammoth crowd

of mainly Congolese nationals

living and working in Rwanda.  

The former Permanent Secretary

in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amandin Rugira,

has also reported to Kinshasa

as Rwanda's Ambassador to the DRC.

The move marks a milestone in restoring

diplomatic ties between the two countries

that had been strained for the past decade.

Despite past conflicts and suspicion between

the two countries, last year saw senior government

officials from both sides shuttle between both capitals.

The revived relations between the two countries

resulted into an operation jointly mounted

by both armies against insurgents of

the Democratic Forces for

the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

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Sent from Kigali, Rwanda

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