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South African visa ban on Rwandans to be lifted

Written by: Our Reporter
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018, 7:16
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Relations between Rwanda and South Africa are looking better after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that the issue of visas between the two countries was, as a matter that is solved.

 

President Ramaphosa made the remarks on Tuesday during panel discussions on the ongoing Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) conference.

 

The South African leader met with President Kagame ahead of the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union on AfCFTA and held bilateral discussions.

 

Rwandans have been barred from getting visas to South Africa since relations between the two countries started to sour and diplomats on both sides were expelled. Relations started going bad in 2010 when South Africa accused Rwanda of violating its sovereignty due to assassination attempt on a dissident Rwandan general Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick Karegeya who found murdered in a Johannesburg hotel.

 

Ramaphosa said that to promote trade between African countries, free movement of people was important. He had agreed with President Kagame that their foreign affairs ministers also present during the discussions finalise the issue.

 

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