President Paul Kagame has announced that a new era has dawned for Rwandan and Central African Republic Relations, following the signing of cooperation agreements between both countries in various sectors.
President Kagame was in the Central African Republic on Tuesday for a one State visit.
Upon arrival in the Central African Republic, the Rwandan Head of State first held talks with his counterpart, H.E Faustin-Archange Touadéra afterward both leaders oversaw the signing of the cooperation agreements that cover Military Cooperation, the Mining Sector, Petroleum Ventures and other forms of Investment. A permanent Commission bringing together members from both countries was also formed.
A State Banquet was also held in honor of President Paul Kagame, who was presented with Grand Croix de la Reconnaissance Medal by President Touadéra and the Mayor of Bangui, the Capital City of the Central African Republic presented the Rwandan President with the key to the City.
Kagame noted that this is an indication of the good bilateral relations between his country and the Central African Republic and that the cooperation agreements that have been signed sign the dawn of a new era for those relations.
The head of state also pointed out that good politics always brings people together, instead of dividing them and stressed that even Rwanda and the Central African Republic experienced very difficult times in the past, this cannot be an excuse to allow themselves to become slaves of that past.
He told those present that to tackle the many problems Rwanda faced after the end of the Tutsi Genocide of 1994, Unity and Reconciliation had to be given priority.
The African Leader also reiterated that the African Continent has chosen to tackle and solve her own problems, saying cooperation between Africans is essential and that is why Rwanda is proud play her role in promoting African Unity and Cooperation whenever necessary.
President Kagame also commended the President of the Central African Republic and his people for the progress they have towards long term peace and security, saying Rwanda will continue supporting them in this endeavor. The Rwandan Head of State was last in that Country in March 2016, when President Touadéra took office.
Rwanda currently has a total of 1,800 Police and Military Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.