Kigali, 18 February 2016

President Kagame today received the Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Ambassador Augustino Phillip Mahiga who has been in the country on an official visit.

Speaking to the press after the meeting with President kagame, the Tanzanian Foreign Minister said:

“I am here to renew our historical bilateral relations and cooperation and also talk about regional security and other regional challenges like the one in Burundi. As someone who has worked with refugees in the past I sympathise with Rwanda, knowing the challenges of hosting refugees. We are also facing the same challenges in Tanzania with the Burundi refugees and we understand Rwanda’s predicament. We also talked about regional integration.”


The Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and regional Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo said:

“In spite of the challenges in the past, Rwanda and Tanzania have continued to enjoy good relations, owing to our foresighted leaders and historical ties. We are currently enjoying warm relations with Tanzania and during the Tanzanian foreign affairs Minister’s visit we had the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional integration and security.”

During the course of his visit, Minister Mahiga also held bilateral discussions with his Rwandan counterpart and also visited the Kigali genocide memorial centre in Gisozi.