President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and his neighboring Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, on Saturday, June 26, signed three separate agreements to deepen their relationship.

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

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

“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 state 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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