Kigali, 14 January 2019

President Kagame today welcomed President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea who arrived in Rwanda for a one-day Working Visit. President Obiang was last in Kigali in July 2014 for an Official Visit where the two countries signed a General Cooperation Agreement.

The two leaders held a tête-à-tête meeting followed by bilateral consultations together with their respective delegations.

At the conclusion of their talks, President Kagame and his guest President Obiang witnessed the signing of four bilateral agreements and held a joint press conference.

The agreement inked include

  • An agreement on Rules of Procedure of the Joint Permanent Commission
  • A Memorandum of Understanding on Mutual Diplomatic Consultations
  • A Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism and
  • A Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA)

In his address to members of the press, President Kagame highlighted that Rwanda looks forward to cooperating with Equatorial Guinea for the benefits of the two nations’ citizens.

“The President and I have discussed bilateral issues, as well as regional and global matters of mutual interest. We look forward to cooperating with Equatorial Guinea in the sectors that have been identified for the benefit of our citizens, as reflected in the agreements signed today. We are also committed to working together to advance the key objectives of our continent. I commend Equatorial Guinea for its critical role representing Africa on the United Nations Security Council, alongside Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa. I also wish to note, with appreciation, the consistent support that Equatorial Guinea has given to the African Union reform process as well as its signing of the Continental Free Trade Area and the Free Movement of Persons. Mr President, as you know, Rwanda offers visa on arrival. We hope tourists and businesspeople from Equatorial Guinea will take advantage of this facility to visit as frequently as they wish.” President Kagame said.

The Equatorial Guinea President also toured the Campaign Against Genocide Museum before concluding his visit.