The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo has expressed optimism that South Africa will remove barriers for Rwandans requesting for a Visa to travel to the country.
The Minister who was talking about Rwanda-South Africa relations as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented its 2017/2018 draft budget to parliamentary standing Committee on Budget and National Patrimony said heads of states from both countries agreed to remove barriers.
“I can say that we have good relations but there are some areas in which we need to improve especially facilitating Rwandans to obtain South African Visa has not yet been normalized. South Africa informed us that it is devising ways of addressing the matter. Apart from clashes with South Africa over accommodating enemies of Rwanda which saw the deterioration of relations, even people from other countries find it difficult to enter their country. Many countries are asking it to open its doors as a country seeming to play a leading role in Africa’s development,” she said.
“We are happy to understand that South Africa is willing to facilitate entrance. On other hand we have in Rwanda many investors from South Africa. RwandAir flies to South Africa every day,cooperation at RwandAir level is good and has been lauded by SA investors in Rwanda. They invest in mining and infrastructures. Other activities between our countries are going smoothly,” she added.
Minister Mushikiwabo said both countries’ heads of states agreed to remove barriers.
“The situation has improved but we are still assessing it to see how our people can benefit from equal visa opportunities. We hope it will be possible but can’t confirm when because we cannot exert pressure on a country. What we do is to explain how the situation is. I don’t find reasons for its failure,” she added.