Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan and Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vincent Biruta co-chaired the first India-Rwanda Joint Commission Meeting in Kigali. Mr Muraleedharan was recently on a visit to Rwanda. Both sides discussed the existing state of bilateral relations in areas including health, energy, agriculture, ICT, education, civil aviation, culture, defence, security and infrastructure development and expressed interest to enhance cooperation in these areas. The two sides also discussed regional, international and multilateral issues. Both sides agreed to work with each other for the early conclusion of pending MoUs and carry forward the work under the existing institutional mechanisms.
During the visit, Mr. Muraleedharan called on President of Rwanda Paul Kagame. Mr Kagame expressed Rwanda’s desire to work with India to achieve the full potential of the special relationship between the two countries. Mr Muraleedharan also inaugurated the India-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Development Centre in Kigali. The Centre has been built with Indian grant assistance. He also interacted with the Indian community and appreciated their contribution in building socio-cultural and commercial ties between the two countries.
Ministry of External Affairs has said that this visit has helped to sustain the momentum created by the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Rwanda in 2018. It said that the visit also marked the successful holding of the first-ever Joint Commission Meeting that set out a road map for future engagements.