Rwanda’s Ambassador Williams Nkurunziza has presented his letters of credence to Lebanese President at his Beirut Palace, today, in a move signalling strengthened diplomatic relations.
Ambassador Nkurunziza is the first-ever Rwandan envoy accredited to Lebanon and is expected to follow up on all Rwanda-Lebanon bilateral cooperation matters from Rwanda’s Mission in Ankara,Turkey.
The credentials’ presentation ceremony in Beirut was attended by Lebanese Foreign Minister, Hon. Gebran Bassil as well as senior Presidential and MOFA staff. Ambassador Nkurunziza was accompanied by his deputy Head of Mission, Counsellor Eric RUGAMBA.
In his remarks, the Ambassador also conveyed to President Aoun and the Lebanese people, best wishes from President Paul Kagame and reiterated his president’s commitment to strengthen and deepen relations between Rwanda and Lebanon, with special emphasis on economic cooperation.
"We seek to promote greater commercial engagement between our two economies and look forward to working with Lebanese public and private commercial entities towards this end," the Ambassador said.
President General Aoun expressed his happiness in receiving Rwanda’s Ambassador and reiterated his government’s support to all efforts aimed at increased trade and investment collaboration between the two countries.
During his time in Lebanon, Ambassador Nkurunziza also met the Foreign Minister, Mr Gebran Bassil, who expressed his admiration of Rwanda’s pace of development and continued activie participation in peacekeeping operations around the world, particularly in Africa.
In furtherance of the Mission’s economic diplomacy mandate, Ambassador Nkurunziza and his delegation also visited the Investment and Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL), the country highest trade and investment institution, to discuss direct collaboration with both Rwanda’s private and public sectors in promoting trade and investments for the mutual benefit of both countries. IDAL CEO, Mr Nabil Itani, undertook to collaborate with the Rwanda Embasay in creating greater awareness of opportunities in the East African country in Lebanon, leading to an IDAL-led first-ever Lebanese trade and investment mission to Rwanda.
Ambassador Nkurunziza is scheduled to meet with the Ministers of Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and the Beirut Chamber of Commerce. He will also visit two facilities specialising in growing and processing of grapes and apples, two of Lebanon’s major exports.
Six other non-resident ambassadors from Georgia, Bosnia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Belarus and North Korea presented their credentials on the same day as the Rwandan Ambassador.
Lebanese President, H.E General Michel Aoun, has also conveyed fraternal greetings to Rwanda’ s President Paul Kagame and expressed his country’s desire for stronger bilateral cooperation between the two countries.