Kagame was speaking at the opening of the inaugural Saudi-African summit on 10th, November, 2023 at King Abdul-Aziz International Conference Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The head state also recognised the problems faced by the African continent which he said, despite their insurmountable state, there are solutions that can be found and applied since they’re a question of the mindset.
"We cannot remain stuck in the past, focused on grievances and difficulties, we must look forward and shape the future we want for our people," remarked Kagame.
On the other hand, he thanked the leadership of the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia as the Chair of the G20, for the support he’s rendering to Africa, notably, the affordable COVID vaccines and the recently signed ’cooperation agreement’ between Rwanda and Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi-Africa Summit has been attended by African presidents including Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania, William Ruto of Kenya, Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, and Prithvirajsing of Mauritania among others.
The summit’s purpose is to enhance political coordination, address regional security threats, promote economic transformation through research, and the local development of new energy solutions in addition to boosting investment cooperation.