Rwanda and India strengthen ties

indafrica June 6, 2020
Updated 2020/06/06 at 8:29 AM

President Paul Kagame revealed Friday that he held what he described as a “historically good” discussions with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kagame tweeted his gratitude to the Indian Prime Minister.

“We discussed our historically good relationship and the support India continues to offer us,” he said via his Twitter handle.

The President said he thanked Modi for the medical supplies and equipment India donated to Rwanda in this fight against Covid-19. “It is very much appreciated.”

Officials declined to divulge details about the Indian support.

In response, also through the same platform, Modi thanked Kagame whom he referred to as “my friend”, for the discussions.

“Rwanda has managed the Covid-19 crisis effectively under your leadership. India is honoured to support your efforts, not only for fighting the pandemic but also for advancing Rwanda’s impressive development story,” Modi said.

Like India, China, Qatar and Germany have also voiced their support to Rwanda’s fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Indian Association Rwanda (INAR) on April 8 donated medical supplies worth two million Rwandan francs to the local authorities to help with testing and treating Covid-19 patients.

Modi made a two-day state visit in Rwanda in July 2018, becoming the first Indian head of government to set foot in Rwanda and during the visit, he announced the setting up of an Indian high commission in Kigali, which has since been established.

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