Dr. Gashumba presented credentials to the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson on Tuesday 15th November 2022.
She will oversee Rwanda’s interests in Iceland with residence in Sweden.
During the ceremony, the President of Iceland commended President Paul Kagame’s strong conviction towards gender equality and commitment towards better life of Rwandans. He said that it is a common vision between the two countries and ’both put these visions into action’.
Amb. Gashumba conveyed the greetings from President Kagame to Jóhannesson and presented an overview of Rwanda’s development progress and strong commitment to improve the lives of its citizens after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
In September 2022, Rwanda and Iceland signed an MoU on political consultations.
Amb. Gashumba informed Jóhannesson that Rwanda is keen on strengthening its relations with Iceland, especially through trade and investment, tourism, fishing and education, and commended Iceland’s commitments in several of Rwanda’s priority sectors including human rights and gender equality.
Both Jóhannesson and Amb. Gashumba pledged their commitment to further developing bilateral relations and strengthening cooperation between the two countries.
During her visit to Iceland, Dr. Gashumba held several meetings with senior officials at the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Ms Nína Björk Jónsdóttir, Director General, GRÓ – Centre for Capacity Development, Sustainability and Societal Change; Martin Eyjólfsson, Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Mr Þórður Bjarni Guðjónsson, Director, Directorate for Development Cooperation, Members of Parliament including Arndís Anna Kristínardóttir Gunnarsdóttir, Jódís Skúladóttir, Lilja Rannveig Sigurðardóttir as well as Dr. Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland.