Maputo, 24 October 2016

Today, President Kagame arrived in Mozambique for a two-day State visit and was received by President Filipe Nyusi at the Presidents’ Office in Maputo.

The two Presidents held bilateral talks prior to witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the areas of political consultations between the two countries.

Speaking to the press shortly after the signing, Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Mushikiwabo said that this visit serves as an opportunity to increase areas collaboration and create closer ties between the two countries for mutual benefit.

Minister Mushikiwabo went on the express gratitude to the Government of Mozambique on behalf of the Government of Rwanda, in regards to the hospitality shown to Rwandan refugees.

“We took the opportunity to thank the Government of Mozambique for their continued collaboration and were also very happy to hear from President of Mozambique, that this friendly country would not allow any acts of destabilization of Rwanda by some elements in the Rwandan community here in Mozambique. Both foreign affairs and security will work together to ensure that the community is provided with support in anyway depending on their status.”

Following talks with President Nyusi, President Kagame proceeded to the National Assembly of Mozambique where he held courtesy talks with Hon. Veronica Macamo Dlhovo, President of the National Assembly of Mozambique.

Later that evening President Kagame was hosted to a state banquet in his honour at Ponta Vermelha State house.

This Tuesday, President Kagame is expected to visit the Mozambique Memorial Heroes square dedicated to the heroic figures of the Mozambican War of Independence to pay his respects.

To conclude the visit, President Kagame is expected to address members of the Mozambican Business and Private Sector on the role of the Private Sector in Rwanda’s development.

Also participating in the State Visit are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry and Rwanda Development Board and Cabinet member RDB C.E.O Francis Gatare.