The State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Hirut Zemene, has applauded the tremendous achievements Rwanda has registered under President Paul Kagame and congratulated him and Rwandans for his re-election.
Mrs. Hirut Zemene said this at a ceremony held at the Rwanda Embassy in Addis Ababa over the weekend for a double celebration of Liberation day and the victory of President Kagame in the just concluded elections.
"The people of Rwanda under the leadership of President Kagame have registered extraordinary achievements with unbending determination to do what is right for their nation. Indeed Rwanda as a nation now has come quite a distance in charting its own way, successfully implementing its homegrown policies and registering remarkable results that many want to emulate. I congratulate him and Rwandans for his re- election in the concluded elections,” said Hirut.
The State Minister also said that this year marked another milestone in the bilateral relations between Ethiopia and Rwanda following the State visit of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to Rwanda and that her country values its partnership with Rwanda with great commitment.
On her part, Ambassador of Rwanda to Ethiopia, Hope Tumukunde Gasatura, told the gathering, constituting mainly diplomats, that President Kagame has been very central in Rwanda’s liberation and success story and that is why he has overwhelmingly been elected.
"Rwandans through the referendum had requested him to continue leading them for the next seven years to which he accepted and has overwhelmingly been re-elected with 98.66% of the votes,” said Gasatura.
Over 200 diplomats working in Ethiopia, friends of Rwanda and members of the Rwandan community attended the event.