Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa met privately on Wednesday night, as both countries seek an end to political tensions that have paralysed the flow of people and goods across their common border.
The two-hour meeting happened shortly after Mr Kutesa landed in Kigali, well-placed sources confirmed.
The minister delivered a sealed envelope from President Yoweri Museveni to President Kagame but the contents remained a mystery.
Sources said the minister was given a response to deliver to the Ugandan leader.
Mr Kutesa was in Kigali alongside Kirunda Kiveijinja, Uganda’s Minister of EAC Affairs, who had a separate mission representing Uganda at the Liberation Day celebrations at Kigali’s Amahoro Stadium on Thursday.
Sources told this website that the back-and-forth confidential messages between Kagame and Museveni point to efforts by both leaders to resolve political tensions behind closed doors.
The tensions, which surfaced in 2017, culminated in a border crisis, a development that has affected the flow of goods and people between both countries since February.
The Wednesday meeting mirrored a similar event in October last year, when, at the height of strained relations between Rwanda and Uganda, President Museveni sent Mr Kutesa to deliver a letter with undisclosed contents to President Kagame.
Rwanda has, for over three months, blocked its citizens from crossing into Uganda, warning of possible arrest, torture and deportation.