|BY GASHEGU MURAMIRA|
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).
Sent from Kigali, Rwanda