Ten envoys representing their respective countries to Rwanda today presented their papers of credence to President Paul Kagame.
The new envoys to Rwanda start tour of duty at a time when Rwanda represents the continent in global diplomacy.
President Kagame will assume chairmanship of the African Union on 28thJanuary this year.
Speaking to KT Press shortly after presenting their credentials, all diplomats reiterated their countries’ commitment to work with Rwanda and speed up cooperation in different areas of development.
For Ambassadors from European countries, high on agenda is to work with Rwanda under its AU chairmanship to follow up on the implementation of the decisions taken after the recent AU-EU summit.
The fifth African Union – European Union (AU-EU) summit took place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The summit, which brought together EU and African leaders on a roundtable to define the future direction for cooperation between the two continents, adopted a joint declaration outlining common priorities for the EU-Africa partnership.
The partnership was agreed in four strategic areas: economic opportunities for youth, peace, and security, mobility and migration as well as cooperation on governance.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said that the diplomatic community in Rwanda has “rapidly grown”.
At a diplomats’ luncheon later this evening, the President told new envoys that: “We are happy for each and every one of you, representing your countries and organizations in Rwanda. I would like to extend a special welcome, to the new envoys who presented their credentials today.”
Ahmed Samy Mohamed El-Ansary – Egyptian Ambassador with residence in Kigali