The agreements have been signed today after Tête a Tête bilateral talks as part of President Bio official visit to Rwanda following his attendance at celebration of the 25th anniversary of Rwanda’s liberation.
The agreements are related to political discourses, exempting visa for diplomatic and official passport holders.
On the side of Sierra Leone, agreements were signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nabeela Farida Tunis while Rwanda was represented by Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
Before signing agreements, President Kagame thanked President Bio for honouring Rwanda with his presence at the 25th Liberation Day celebrations.
“Rwanda and Sierra Leone have much in common. We share a history of violent conflict, as well as the determination to work towards a brighter future for our people,” he said.
Kagame highlighted that his counterpart’s visit is important because it allows reinforcing already existing warm bilateral relations.
He reiterated that Rwanda wishes to build on the existing brotherly ties, and partnership in sharing experiences and best practices in key areas.
Rwanda and Sierra Leone are both committed members of the African Union.
Kagame said that together with other member states, both countries will continue to collaborate closely on the continent’s priority agenda.
“In particular, we look forward to ensuring the effective implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which both Rwanda and Sierra Leone have ratified, following the upcoming launch at the African Union summit in Niger,” he stressed.
“We look forward to enhancing our partnership, in pursuit of our common goals. Looking forward to continued future interactions between the two of us, our government officials and the people of Sierra Leone and Rwanda which we will continue strengthening,” added Kagame.
President Maada Bio said that Rwanda is a country that has attained a lot of transformations that his country wants to learn from.
He lauded Rwanda’s governance which resurrected the country from a hopeless nation to a role model country in Africa of which deeds need to be emulated in Sierra Leone as a country shaken by Ebola outbreak in the past five years.
“We are here to learn from your experiences that led to current transformations. A lot has been done in health sector, governance, technology advancement and making Kigali one of world’s cleanest cities. These are practices we can learn from,” he said.
Julius Maada Bio chairing ‘Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP)’ won presidential elections with 51.8 % votes on 31st March 2018.
Dr. Harebamungu Mathias was the first Rwandan ambassador to Sierra Leone in 2017.