These interactions with Dr. Biruta took place on Tuesday 7th November 2023 during his visit to the Netherlands, where he was invited by his counterpart, Hanke Gerdina Johannette Bruins Slot, with whom he held discussions.
Dr. Biruta also held meetings with envoys from various African countries based in the Netherlands to explore avenues for cooperation and integration of the African continent. They also discussed strategies for safeguarding Africa’s interests in The Hague City.
While addressing the Rwandan community in the Netherlands, Dr. Biruta provided an overview of Rwanda’s progress and the preparations for the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for 2024.
Claude Ndabarasa, the President of the Rwandan Community in the Netherlands, briefed Minister Biruta on the diverse activities undertaken by Rwandans in the country, such as celebrating national events, contributing to the embassy’s initiatives, and making investments in Rwanda.
He also touched upon their philanthropic efforts to aid Rwandans affected by disasters, especially in May 2023 when the country experienced devastating landslides that claimed the lives of 135 people.
Rwanda’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Olivier Patrick Nduhungirehe, told IGIHE that Dr. Biruta emphasized the importance of Rwandans in the country continuing their role in nation-building.
He disclosed that Minister Biruta presented a comprehensive view of the country’s progress and the regional political landscape, emphasizing the need for Rwandans to contribute to national development.
These discussions provided an opportunity for Rwandans to ask questions and share their thoughts on various national programs of interest.
During his visit, Minister Biruta also engaged with officials from the Netherlands, including those from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, and the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
This visit marked a significant milestone as it was the first of its kind since Dr. Biruta assumed the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 2019. It also represented the first visit by a Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister to the Netherlands since the Rwanda Day gathering held in the country in 2015.