Rwanda’s Presidency, via an official account, disclosed that Kagame and Fatima engaged in discussions regarding the ongoing preparations for the 3rd United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC), scheduled to take place in Kigali in June 2024.
This marks the first time the conference will be held on the African continent. The conference is scheduled to run from June 18th to 22nd, with a primary focus on fostering partnerships among member countries for development. It also aims to establish mechanisms to facilitate innovations aimed at addressing barriers that hinder the development of member countries.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Girma, hosted by Kagame, conveyed a message on behalf of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia. However, specific details about their discussions were not disclosed. Girma Birru Geda is a prominent figure in Ethiopian politics, having previously served as the country’s ambassador to the United States and held key positions as the Minister of Trade and Industry, as well as the Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation in his home country.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali sent this envoy following his visit to Kigali in 2021, during which he held talks with President Kagame. In July, President Kagame also engaged in discussions with Ethiopia’s President, Sahle-Work Zewde.
Rwanda and Ethiopia maintain a strong and friendly relationship built on mutual respect and cooperation agreements designed to enhance the well-being of the people of both nations.