Rwanda and Ethiopia have signed 11 bilateral agreements meant to further strengthen diplomatic relations between the two nations.
President Paul Kagame and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is on a three-day state visit to Rwanda, witnessed the signing ceremony, which took place at Urugwiro Village in Kigali City.
The bilateral agreements signed are in the areas of:
Mutual Legal Assistance
Communication, Information and Media
Youth and Sports
Cooperation in Correctional Services
Gender, Women and Children and
Water resources management
Addressing a joint press conference after the signing, President Kagame pointed out that the cooperation between Ethiopia and Rwanda brings together people at all levels.
“The aspirations of African countries are very similar: prosperity for our people. The people of Rwanda and Ethiopia are very determined to achieve,” President Kagame said.
The Head of State further reiterated that for the two nations to achieve their desired development, they must learn from each other with a vision, put in place strategies on how to get where they want to be, and identify what they should do to get results.
Ethiopian Premier Hailemariam Desalegn commended the Government of Rwanda for putting in place programmes meant to ensure enhanced citizen wellbeing. He described relations between Rwanda and Ethiopia as unique.
“Our relationship is unique and we want to nurture and expand it. It is not just diplomacy but mutual understanding and respect,” He stressed.