Mozambique and Rwanda signed last week in Kigali a visa exemption agreement for ordinary passport holders from both countries.
The agreement was signed by Interior Minister of Mozambique Felicidade Félix Massingue and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda Vincent Biruta.

Under the new agreement, citizens of both countries are entitled to stay in the other without a visa for up to 90 days. Speaking at the signing, Minister Massingue said that the visa exemption agreement was in accord with decisions taken by Presidents Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and forms part of a set of actions adopted by states on the African continent with a view to the gradual elimination of obstacles to the free movement of people and goods, as expressed in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

The agreement to make visas unnecessary for ordinary passport holders will enter into force later this year, after ratification by the two signatory countries.
Since July 2021, a total of 2,000 Rwandan troops have been deployed in Cabo Delgado working alongside the Mozambican army and a Southern African Development Community (SADC) task force.
With the support of Rwandan and SADC forces, the counter-insurgency campaign has reclaimed strategically important territory and captured several rebel bases in recent months.

In July 2018, Rwanda and Mozambique signed five bilateral pacts in a bid to strengthen ties and partnership.
The five pacts include a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission which is currently overseeing the process of strengthening ties between the countries.
The two countries also signed a Bilateral Air Service agreement, exemption of visa requirements for diplomatic and service passport holders and an MoU on science and technology, higher education and professional training.

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