Kigali, 6 October 2011

President Kagame and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria today said that Africans should work to solve their own problems.

During a joint press conference held at Urugwiro Village at the end of President Jonathan’s two-day visit, President Kagame said: “The people of Rwanda and Nigeria share similar aspirations; to overcome the past and create for themselves a prosperous and dignified future. We also share a commitment to work for a stable, dynamic Africa that contributes meaningfully to the global economy. I look forward to continue working with you and your Government, to achieve our respective national goals and the common vision for our continent”.

In his opening statement, President Goodluck Jonathan said: “As the world gets smaller and smaller, boundaries get thinner and thinner – leaders must continue to talk, meet and see how they can make sure they accelerate economic development within our two states. We are here to discuss issues concerning our two countries and the continent as a whole. We may have sub-regions but Africa is one continent and we all share common challenges –diseases, poverty and insecurity know no boundaries”. In a joint Communiqué read by the Rwanda Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, the two Heads of State, after bilateral discussions, reiterated their commitment to enhance cooperation through bilateral meetings and reciprocal visits, exchange programmes and share experiences on development, technology and ensure the socio–‐economic transformation of the peoples of the two sister states in areas such as infrastructure, energy, ICT, education and health. Rwanda and Nigeria also pledge to contribute to consolidating the democratic processes in African countries, and to promote peace, stability and development on the continent.


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