Kagame receives UK Minister for Commonwealth

On 30 April 2021 at 10:19

President Paul Kagame yesterday received Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Minister of State for the Commonwealth who is in Rwanda to discuss ongoing preparations of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

It has been revealed by Office the Presidency via Twitter handle but didn’t provide details on topics of discussions.

On the same day, Minister Lord Ahmad met with Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent and held discussions revolving around bilateral matters as well as ongoing preparations for CHOGM 2021 in June.

Tariq Ahmad is visiting Rwanda for two-day working visit on 29th and 30th April as the country prepares to host Commonwealth leaders in June.

Minister Tariq Ahmad told the media UK commends Rwanda’s work on its planning for a safe and secure meeting of the Commonwealth family at CHOGM 2021.

After the meeting, UK will hand over the reins of the rotating chairmanship to Rwanda for the period of two years.

UK has chaired the organization for two years due to COVID-19 restrictions that prompted the postponement of CHOGM that was initially scheduled in 2020.

UK has been long-standing bilateral development partner with Rwanda since 2005.

Minister Ahmad revealed that the UK is committed to supporting Rwanda’s development and helping to build on the significant economic and social progress that has been made since the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

CHOGM is organized bi-annually.