Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs awaited in Kigali

On 9 January 2023 at 06:53

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is awaited in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda as part of his visit to five African countries slated between 8th and 14th January 2022.

The official will arrive in Rwanda on Thursday 12th January 2022. He will also visit other African countries including South Africa, Gabon, Zimbabwe and São Tomé and Príncipe.

A statement released by Turkish Ministryof Foreign Affairs, indicates that Çavuşoğlu will conduct bilateral meetings during which aspects of bilateral relations will be elaborated with the aforementioned countries.

It further reads that regional developments as well as Türkiye’s Africa Partnership Policy will be reviewed during the visit.

Rwanda and Turkey enjoy existing cooperation in different areas including security.

In February 2020, both countries police institutions signed agreement to strengthen cooperation in varied policing disciplines especially in the areas of capacity building.

The two Police institutions renewed the commitment when Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza visited Turkey for a three-day visit since February 26, at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Dr. Mehmet Aktas purposely to enhance the existing cooperation between the two police forces.

In 2015, the Governments of Rwanda and Turkey signed security agreements to reinforce the existing bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Also signed in the same event held in Ankara, was a memorandum of understanding between Police institutions of the two countries to cooperate in areas of training, focusing on counter terrorism, cybercrimes, Special Forces training and Training of Trainers (ToT) courses, among others.

The security pact between the two countries rested much on strengthening partnership in areas of capacity building, sharing of information on combating transnational and organized crimes and exchange programmes, among others.

Towards the beginning of 2021, Turkey offered scholarships to 200 Rwandan students to Rwandan students for undergraduate, Master’s and PhD degrees under the “Türkiye Scholarships Program”.

Since Turkey opened embassy in Kigali eight years ago, both countries relations improved significantly and have so far signed 20 agreements in the areas of education, trade and investment among others.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is awaited in Kigali.
Rwanda and Turkey enjoy cooperation agreements in different areas.