Ukraine Foreign Minister hints at anticipated opening of embassy in Kigali

By Esther Muhozi
On 28 December 2023 at 07:56

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has revealed his country’s intention to establish embassies in Rwanda, Mozambique, and Botswana following the successful opening of the embassy in Ghana.

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, announced the commencement of operations for the Ukrainian embassy in Ghana. He conveyed that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had directed the Ukrainian diplomatic service to initiate new embassies in Africa, and the first one in Ghana is now operational.

Kuleba mentioned that permits have been obtained for embassies to open embassies in different African countries such as Rwanda, Mozambique, Mauritania, Botswana, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan.

Emphasizing the strategic importance of these initiatives, Kuleba stated that it aligns with Ukraine’s strategy to enhance relationships with African nations, contribute to the Ukrainian-African renaissance, and counteract Russian influence globally. He highlighted that expanding diplomatic presence would create new opportunities for the Ukrainian government, businesses, and citizens.

Regarding the functioning of the embassy in Accra, Ghana, Kuleba mentioned that it would operate at the level of chargĂ© d’affaires until an ambassador is appointed. The embassy’s role will involve developing political contacts, strengthening economic ties, and providing consular services for both Ukrainians and Ghanaians. Kuleba also disclosed plans to open ten new embassies in Africa in the near future.

In a column written in May, Kuleba outlined Ukraine’s diplomatic efforts to regain global influence and economic strength.

He emphasized the ongoing "political counteroffensive" aimed at reinforcing Ukraine’s position across continents, particularly in the Global South. Additionally, Kuleba visited Rwanda in May, signing an agreement with the Rwandan Foreign Minister to facilitate political consultations between the two countries.

Kuleba visited Rwanda in May, where he held talks with the Rwandan Foreign Minister, Dr. Vincent Biruta.