KIGALI, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said Tuesday that the country's relations with South Africa have significantly improved.
She made the remarks while a dressing a news conference about Rwanda's diplomatic relations with different countries across the globe.
"Rwanda's ties with South Africa have improved. Our relations are at a much better place than they were a few years back," she said.
Muhsikiwabo noted that both countries had moved forward and beyond some of the tension that had been there since 2010.
Rwanda and South Africa, diplomatic ties severed in 2010 when Kigali accused the latter country for being a safe haven for the Rwandan fugitives.
In 2014, the two countries cut ties as they both expelled diplomats from either side after a fierce diplomatic row triggered by accusations that Rwandan security agents were committing crimes in South Africa.
South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats and Kigali retaliated by sending home six South African diplomats. Both countries, however, maintained ambassadors from either country.
However, Mushikiwabo said that, the two countries have since decided to normalize relations, including engaging in intra-trade and strengthening diplomatic ties.