During the ceremony, Ambassador Ernest Rwamucyo conveyed to the Emperor greetings and best wishes from H.E. President Paul Kagame for the Emperor’s good health, happiness and well-being. He also expressed the desire of the Government of Rwanda to further strengthen the already strong relations existing between the two countries.
His Majesty Emperor Naruhito expressed his gratitude to President Paul Kagame for his kind sentiments and requested Ambassador to convey his greetings and best wishes of good health and wellbeing to H.E. President Paul Kagame and Rwandan people for further progress and welfare under His Excellency’s wise leadership. He also wished the Ambassador success in carrying out his duties in a way that contributes to promoting the bilateral relations towards further horizons in diversified areas. The Emperor commended Rwanda for the impressive progress the country has made after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
Ambassador noted that Rwanda overcame post-genocide challenges and is a reconciled, united, peaceful and safe country. He further noted that Rwanda is among the fastest growing economies and added that Japan has been a very supportive and reliable partner in Rwanda’s journey of transformation. He mentioned that Rwanda is also known for mountain gorilla trekking and invited His Majesty to experience this adventure at a time of his convenience.
Ambassador Ernest Rwamucyo conveyed to the Emperor that the people and the Government of Rwanda deeply appreciate Japan’s assistance that has contributes significantly to the socio-economic development of the country.
Also present at the ceremony were the Minister of State for Regional Revitalization, Hon. Seigo Kitamura and Mr. Eric Rubayita, First Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Japan.