Kagame receives Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs

On 13 January 2023 at 07:17

President Paul Kagame has received a Turkish delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu who was on a visit to Rwanda and relayed to him a message from his counterpart of Turkey, Recep Tyyip Erdoğan.

Çavuşoğlu was hosted at Urugwiro Village in the afternoon of Thursday 12th January 2023 after holding talks with Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta.

Rwanda’s presidency has revealed that their discussions revolved around ways to strengthen existing partnerships between Rwanda and Türkiye.

Meanwhile, discussions between both countries’ Ministers of Foreign Affairs were characterized by the signing of three new cooperation agreements in the fields of General Cooperation, Science and Technology Cooperation as well as Cultural Cooperation Agreements to cement existing bilateral ties.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has via Twitter handle revealed that he conveyed best wishes from Recep Tyyip Erdoğan to President Kagame during their meeting on Thursday.

Rwanda and Türkiye enjoy vibrant relations and are connected through daily flights operated by Turkish Airlines.

Both countries’ bilateral trade volume increased nearly fivefold from US$31 million in 2019 to US$178 million in 2022.

Today, Rwanda registers Turkish investments worth over US$500 million in the fields of manufacturing, construction and hospitality among others.

Some of mega projects executed by Turkish firms include the construction of Kigali Convention Centre, BK Arena and the ongoing renovation of Amahoro Stadium.

After holding talks with Dr. Biruta, Minister Çavuşoğlu commended Rwanda’s development pace despite its dark history which he was taken through during his visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial.

He highlighted that he held productive discussions with his counterpart of Rwanda on many issues of bilateral relations engagements in the economy, investment, energy, defence, culture and education.

“With the general cooperation we have just signed, we will form a joint permanent commission which will be another mechanism where the two countries can assess all aspects of engagement,” he said.

Rwanda and Türkiye have enjoyed diplomatic relations since 1980 and opened diplomatic missions in Ankara and Kigali in 2013 and 2014, respectively.