Doha, 15 November 2018
President Kagame today began a two-day Official Visit to Qatar where he met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar who welcomed him to the Amiri Diwan of the State of Qatar in Doha.
The two leaders, together with their respective delegations, held bilateral talks on furthering areas of economic cooperation between the two nations. At the conclusion of their discussions, the two leaders witnessed the signing of three bilateral agreements. These include:
- Agreement on Air Services
- Agreement on the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments
- and a Memorandum of Understanding on Economic, Commercial, and Technical Cooperation
Rwanda and Qatar enjoy commendable bilateral ties established in May 2017 through the two countries’ Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York. Qatar is accredited to Rwanda through its mission in Dar es Salaam, while Rwanda is accredited to the Gulf state through its mission in the United Arab Emirates.
The two nations share economic ties in Civil Aviation. Qatar Airways started its direct flights to Rwanda in March 2012, creating a direct linkage between Rwanda and the Middle East.
President Kagame also attended an official luncheon hosted in his honor by the Emir of Qatar and visited the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development where he toured the Qatar National Library and other facilities.