Algiers, 20 April 2015

President Kagame today met with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a bilateral meeting where both heads of state committed to strengthening ties including in the areas of investment.

Meeting earlier today with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, President Kagame spoke on the similarities between the history of liberation of both Algeria and Rwanda:

“The long history of liberation of Algeria informed many other countries including ours.”

On bilateral ties between the two countries, President Kagame added that partnerships should go beyond Rwanda and Algeria:

“We are happy to be here. It is an opportunity to identify areas of work that can bring us closer together. Our bilateral ties should benefit our two countries and the continent with whom we share challenges and opportunities,” President Kagame added.

Speaking to the press following his meeting with President Bouteflika, President Kagame pointed to Rwanda and Algeria longstanding relationship adding that both Rwanda and Algeria will continue to collaborate on key issues with other African countries to ensure the political, social and economic well-being of the people of both nations.

On his second visit to Algeria since 2004 during which he attended the NEPAD meeting, President Kagame also met with Algeria’s Speaker of the People’s National Assembly, Mohamed Larbu Oukd Khelifa. President Kagame will end the State Visit with a tour of the Tipaza Archelogical Park.