Rwanda and Russia to strengthen bilateral cooperation
Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, at the invitation of her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, has visited Moscow to discuss a broad range of issues aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Minister Mushikiwabo said that she was pleased to discuss new areas of cooperation between Rwanda and Russia but also strengthen areas of existing cooperation.
“We are at a particular time in history where all countries have to work together to address global issues. It in in this context that our visit to Russia will help us share our viewpoints with our counterparts on global issues and come up with mutual benefiting approaches of solving pressing issues on the local and global arenas,” she said.
During their bilateral talks, both ministers talked about priority areas of cooperation between the two countries as well as potential areas that could attract investments. These include sectors such as agriculture, mining and tourism among others.
Rwanda and Russia have particularly been working closely on global issues during Rwanda’s tenure at the UN Security Council. Both ministers were pleased with the shared views of both countries on various global issues and vowed continued cooperation and constructive consultations.
The two countries have a long history of cooperation, with diplomatic relations formally established since 1963. The Embassy of Rwanda in Russia was reopened in 2013, with the appointment of Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya as resident ambassador based in Moscow.
The minister also met the Rwandan community living in Moscow where she conveyed to them warm greetings from the President of the Republic Paul Kagame and their sisters and brothers at home.
Minister Mushikiwabo has conveyed to her counterpart an invitation to visit Rwanda, which he gladly accepted.