Kagame was flanked by the State Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Community, Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Karuretwa, the personal secretary of the president and the Minister of Defense, Maj Gen Albert Murasira.
Huang Xia, 57, of the People’s Republic of China was appointed as Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for the Great Lakes Region 22nd January 2019.
He succeeded Said Djinnit of Algeria.
At the time of his appointment, Guterres said that Mr. Xia brings over 30 years of diplomatic experience from across the world, with experience in Africa, having served in several high-level positions.
He was the Ambassador of China to Niger (2009-2012), Senegal (2012-2015) and the Republic of Congo (2015-2018).
He also served as the Ambassador at large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.
He served in the Embassy of China to Gabon, in the Embassy of China to France, and as Deputy Mayor of the People’s Government of Jiamusi, Helongjiang Province in China.
The Great Lakes Region comprises 12 member states including Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazaville, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia.
Huang visits Rwanda at a time when relations with Uganda are frail. Both countries recently signed agreements to end the political row during a tripartite summit held in Angola on 21st August 2019.
A delegation of Uganda’s officials is awaited in Kigali next week in a meeting where they will discuss the implementation of signed Memorandum of Understandings.