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Canada to open embassy in Rwanda

By IGIHE
On 23 juin 2022 at 01:00

The Government of Canada has announced plans to open an embassy in Rwanda and appoint a new ambassador with residence in Kigali to strengthen bilateral relations.

The country’s interests in Rwanda have been represented through Office of the High Commission based in Kiyovu of Kigali City and headed by François Quenneville-Dumont.

According to Sada ElBalad English media house, the development has been confirmed by Canada’s Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly following the arrival in Rwanda of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to attend Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022 taking place in Kigali.

“We will be opening an embassy for the first time here in Rwanda, in Kigali,” Joly told reporters. “And we’ll have an ambassador also working from… Kigali.”

The foreign minister said that Ottawa needs more resources and tools for Rwanda because the voice of Canada “needs to be heard.”

According to Joly, Ottawa will also appoint a new ambassador to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in a bid to invest in Canada’s diplomacy.

In Kigali, Prime Minister Trudeau will take part in meetings with Commonwealth leaders and roundtable discussions on the climate economy.

He is expected to depart for Schloss Elmau, a resort in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, for the G7 leaders’ summit on Saturday before heading to a NATO meeting in Madrid next week. He will also meet Pedro Sanchez, the prime minister of Spain.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Kigali on Wednesday evening.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly speaking to reporters in Kigali.

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