Kagame is in France to attend the International Conference on Sudan and Summit on Financing African Economies scheduled on 17th and 18th May 2021.
During his visit, Kagame also held talks with his counterpart of France, Emmanuel Macron; the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi and Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde.
Kagame and Ramaphosa met last in Ethiopia in February 2020 as they attended the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).
They had also met in March 2019 in South Africa ahead of a dinner hosted by Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) EDGE.
Rwanda and South Africa have been hit by diplomatic tensions where Rwanda accused South Africa to grant refuge to fugitives intending to threaten Rwanda’s security like Kayumba Nyamwasa who escaped justice and currently heading RNC terror outfit.
In March 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the problem of Rwandans being denied visas to South Africa would soon become history after holding talks with President Paul Kagame. However, up to now, Rwandans still struggle to get visa to travel to South Africa.
Rwanda has at different times explained that actions of convicted people or fugitives should not blur bilateral relations.