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Kagame receives credentials from new envoys

By IGIHE
On 8 October 2021 at 02:49

President Paul Kagame has received letters of credence from new envoys including Bert Versmessen of the Kingdom of Belgium, Rania Mahmoud Mohamed EL Banna of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Misfer bin Faisal Mubarak Al-Ajab Al-Shahwani of the State of Qatar.

After presenting credentials, these envoys pledged to strengthen bilateral ties.

The ambassador of Qatar to Rwanda, Misfer bin Faisal Mubarak Al-Ajab Al-Shahwani arrived in Kigali after the country’s new embassy headquarters located in Kimihurura was inaugurated on 14th July 2021.

He promised to strengthen Rwanda, Qatar relations ties building on existing cordial relations.

Rwanda and Qatar have deepened ties rooted on mutual respect and diplomacy.

As of today, Qatar Airways aircraft conduct flights from Doha to Kigali among other destinations including Dubai.

In February 2020, Qatar Airways announced that it was undergoing discussions to acquire 49% shares in Rwanda’s flag carrier, RwandAir.

Among others, Qatar’s interests in Rwanda include a 60% stake in Bugesera International Airport, currently under construction.

Once completed, the airport worth US$1.3 billion will have the capacity to receive 7 million passengers in the first phase and 14 million in the second phase.

Amb. Ajab Al-Shahwani said that it is the beginning noting that both countries are looking for more projects.

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 are 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.

Rwanda, Egypt relations

Rwanda and Egypt enjoy longstanding relationships before and after independence. Both countries have built friendships in major areas of trade, education, agriculture, energy, health and military cooperation.

Among others, top Government officials have been meeting to build vivid relationships built on mutual trust.

Amb. Rania Mahmoud said that she discussed bilateral relations with President Kagame.

She highlighted that the President of Egypt trusts his counterpart of Rwanda for his visionary leadership to fats track the country’s development and transform citizens’ livelihoods.

“We need to strengthen cooperation in the areas of trade and economy for benefits of citizens,” said Rania Mahmoud.

Rwanda and Egypt recently signed agreements paving the way for construction of a new heart research center in Masaka, Kigali signed between Amb. Ahmed Samy Mohamed El-Ansary and the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije.

The project is backed by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD).

Among others, people of Egypt look forward to increasing investment in Rwanda. The country organizes annual exhibition known as ‘Egyptian Expo’ to showcase products manufactured from its factories based in Rwanda.

Rwanda also exports agricultural produce to the country including tea, vegetables, pineapples and bananas.

Rwanda, Belgium ties

Kagame also hosted the ambassador of Belgium to Rwanda, Bert Versmessen who commended existing bilateral relations.

“We have discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations. We can foster cooperation in different areas including trade, investment and economy among others,” he said.

Belgium and Rwanda enjoy longstanding relations dating back from colonial era.

The country supports Rwanda in the areas of good governance, health and energy.

In August 2021, Belgium reiterated commitment to partner with Rwanda to set up a plant manufacturing vaccines and other pharmaceuticals.

In October 2021, Rwanda received 196,000 doses of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine from donated by Belgium.

The three envoys accredited to Rwanda will have residence in Kigali.

All Photos: Village Urugwiro


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