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).