Kagame receives Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs

On 9 September 2019 at 06:58

President Paul Kagame has received Gabonese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alain Claude Bilié Bi Nzé and his delegation and held bilateral talks.

In June this year, President Kagame held a two-day working visit to Gabon aimed at promoting bilateral ties.

Kagame and his Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo held talks on Africa’s economy through regions they lead.

President Ali Bongo is the Chair of Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) while President Kagame is chairing the East African Community (EAC) since February 2019.

Gabon is among 44 countries that signed the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union held in Kigali, Rwanda, in 2018.

As he addressed the press in Gabon, Kagame said his visit was meant to strengthen bilateral relations between Gabon and Rwanda and visiting his counterpart who was recovering.

President Bongo was hospitalized in Riyadh Saudi Arabia suffering from a stroke in December last year.

He returned to his country in January 2019 where he kept getting medical assistance.

Kagame expressed delight to see his Gabon counterpart, Ali Bongo Ondimba in good health and resuming responsibilities after a long period of sickness.

“It gives me an opportunity to visit with my colleague who has not been feeling well. I am glad that there is a significant improvement to his health that has led to the resumption of his responsibilities,” he said.

“In the African way, we visit friends when it is good times and when it is not so good times,” added Kagame.

At the time, Kagame explained that Gabon has been committed to supporting Africa’s development.

“Gabon has been central to African interests, vision and the strategy to achieve that vision. President Bongo has been very active working with other leaders on our continent to make sure we raise our level of development,” stressed Kagame.

Rwanda and Gabon enjoy existing vibrant relations. They are all members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

Rwanda and Gabon signed a cooperation agreement since 1976 that was revised in 2010.