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Congo, Rwanda seal cooperation deals

Congo and Rwanda have signed several cooperation agreements covering many spheres of human endeavours at the end of third joint commission between the two countries, a statement made available to APA on Sunday in Brazzaville revealed.”Ten agreements were signed by the foreign ministers of the Congo, Basile Ikouebe , and that of Rwanda Mushikiwabo at the end of the third joint-commission held from 7 to 9 November in Brazzaville ” the statement said .

“The agreements include among others, the creation of the Joint Trade Committee, the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of new information technologies and communication, the Memorandum of Understanding on the field of culture, sport and youth, the amendment to the memorandum of Understanding in the field of environment and natural resources,� the statement added.

Other agreements concern the establishment of a Steering Committee for cooperation between the two countries, the Memorandum of Understanding on police cooperation and a convention for the extradition and the transfer of convicts.

A Memorandum of Understanding for health and finally, another one about women’s progress and gender mainstreaming were also signed by both parties.

Congo and Rwanda agreed on the opening within a short period of a Congolese General Consulate in Kigali, the Rwandan capital and a Rwandan Embassy in Brazzaville.

Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo seized the opportunity to reiterate her country’s wish for the Congolese government to back the readmission of Rwanda into the Economic Community of Central African States ( ECCAS) .

The Congolese Basile Ikouebe appealed for experts of both countries to maintain contacts in a bid to create the conditions that would facilitate the signing of other agreements, reaffirming Congo’s willingness to “work for peace, security, stability and cooperation in the Great Lakes region.â€�

The Congolese-Rwandan joint commission was held after the one held in Kigali in November 2011.

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