Maputo, 6 August 2019

I am honoured to be here, to witness the signing of this historic agreement.

On behalf of the Government and people of Rwanda, I congratulate President Nyusi and Mozambican Government, as well as the leadership of RENAMO, for successfully concluding the peace talks.

For the people of Mozambique, today brings the promise of an end to decades of conflict and uncertainty, and the renewal of national unity and cohesion. Even if previous efforts have not succeeded, it is never a waste to give a shot to peace one more time.

This achievement matters to all of us in Africa. It shows that we can find solutions to our problems, no matter how protracted and difficult. Dialogue and inclusion cannot be imposed from outside. And once consensus is reached, it can only be sustained from within.

Mozambicans have come together to turn the page. Nothing should prevent this country from achieving even more, in terms of development and well-being for citizens.

Rwanda will continue to stand with Mozambique as a friend and a brotherly country. We are also partners in another important struggle, namely the one to integrate and transform our continent as a whole.

We look forward to deepening the fraternal ties between our countries, and our regions, in the years ahead. Once again, on behalf of the people of Rwanda, congratulations and best wishes.

I thank you.