Outgoing UK High Commissioner William Gelling bids farewell to President Kagame

On 11 January 2018 at 06:03

The Outgoing United Kingdom (UK) High Commissioner in Rwanda, William Gelling has bid farewell to President Paul Kagame and commended partnership between both countries during his tour of duty in the past four years.

Speaking to the media after the meeting with Kagame, Gelling said that the partnership and cooperation between both countries has been good and is optimistic it will continue.

“It’s a pleasure to have served here for four years. I think there are things that have been done like growth of trade and investment between two countries and bilateral relations in different aspects like supporting trainings for peace-keeping under United Nations. We wish Rwanda and the Rwandan government all the best in the future,” he said.

Gelling said that both countries have strengthened cooperation in trade between two countries but particularly the establishment of direct flights between UK and Rwanda.

“Also we had big military exercises last year and we hope that they will continue,” he said.

The Cabinet meeting of November 8th 2017 that was chaired by President Kagame approved Joanne Lomas to represent UK in Rwanda replacing Gelling.

Joanne had been the ambassador of UK in Windhoek, Namibia since 2015.

Rwanda and UK have great cooperation through the Department for International Development (DFID). UK supports Rwanda in different sectors including education, agriculture, social welfare, peace and security, trade and investment among others.

Gelling hands a gift to president Kagame
Gelling (2nd Left) and his wife (R) pose a for a photo with president Kagame, on the left is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community Louise Mushikiwabo.
Gelling speaks to the media