His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani paid a state visit to Rwanda from April 21 to 23 at the invitation of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
During the visit, the Amir and President Kagame held a bilateral meeting, followed by an extensive session of talks on ways to enhance the friendly relations and co-operation between the two countries, in addition to exchanging views on various regional and international issues of common concern.
The meeting was followed by a signing ceremony for memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and an agreement between the two countries:
- Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of culture.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of sport.
- Agreement between Qatar Airways and the Aviation and Logistics Authority of Rwanda.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in the fields of tourism and business activities.
The two leaders affirmed their commitment to promoting good relations between Qatar and Rwanda through their support in various fields, including education, trade, investment, infrastructure, information technology and tourism.
The two leaders encouraged the exchange of expertise in development and technology, which will benefit the peoples of the two friendly countries.
President Kagame hosted a dinner in honour of the Amir and the accompanying delegation and thanked him for accepting the invitation to visit Rwanda.
On the second day of the visit, the Amir, accompanied by President Paul Kagame, toured the Akagera National Park, in the eastern province of Rwanda.
Following the tour, President Kagame hosted a luncheon of the Amir on the shores of Lake Muhazi.
President Kagame warmly recalled his recent visit to Qatar and reaffirmed the importance that Rwanda attaches to its relationship with Qatar.
The Amir expressed his sincere appreciation to President Kagame and to the government and the people of Rwanda for the warm welcome and honour accorded to him and the accompanying delegation during the visit.
Later on Tuesday, the Amir left Kigali city for Nigeria.
The Amir and the accompanying delegation were seen off at Kigali International Airport by Prime Minister of Rwanda Edouard Ngirente and a number of ministers and senior Rwandan officials.
The Amir sent a cable to President Kagame, expressing deep thanks and appreciation for the hospitality and honour accorded to him and the accompanying delegation during the visit, which provided the opportunity to exchange views on issues of common concern and means of strengthening and promoting the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries in various fields for the good and the benefit of the two peoples.
The Amir wished the President the best of health and happiness, and the friendly people of Rwanda further progress and prosperity.
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