The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received the letters of credence from Amb Kayinamura on Tuesday 9th August 2022.
After presenting letters of credence, Amb. Marara expressed willingness to take bilateral ties to greater heights.
“A distinct honor it was to present my letters of credence to His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. An opportunity for me to express my commitment to keep nurturing an already excellent Rwanda and Qatar relationship,” he said.
Amb. Marara was posted to Qatar in April this year. He previously represented Rwanda’s interests in Canada.
Rwanda and Qatar enjoy existing bilateral relations in different areas strengthened by the signing of cooperation agreements.
In April 2019; the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani came to Rwanda for two-day working visit.
At the time, both heads of states also visited Akagera National Park which is home to the big five animals.
During his stay in Rwanda, President Kagame and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani the Emir of Qatar witnessed the signing ceremony of four agreements meant to promote various development sectors between both countries.
These include 4 agreements in sectors of culture, sports, tourism and business events and aviation travel and logistics.
They were added to existing ones signed in Doha, Qatar when President Kagame visited the country at the end of 2018. These were related to air service transport services, promoting and protecting joint investment and cooperation in trade and technical areas among others.
In May 2017, Rwanda and Qatar signed agreements in diplomatic cooperation.
On 26th May 2015, both countries signed cooperation agreements to fight against drug abuse on the sidelines of Qatar International Anti-Drug Forum held in Doha.
Among others, Qatar’s interests in Rwanda include a 60% stake in Bugesera International Airport, currently under construction and a 49% stake in RwandAir.
On Wednesday 14th July 2021, Qatar inaugurated a new embassy building located in Kimihurura, Kigali City.
The embassy’s former office was located at the opposite side of Kigali Marriot Hotel in Nyarugenge district.
At the time, Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta said that the launch of the new embassy is another milestone to deepen bilateral relations further.