Rwanda and United Arab Emirates Strengthen Diplomatic Relations

July 23, 2015

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimi, is in Rwanda for a two-day official visit to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

The UAE aims to expand its economic and investment ties with Rwanda, given the country’s business-friendly atmosphere and numerous untapped opportunities. Rwanda is ranked the most competitive economy in the region and third in Africa, according to the new 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Index report.

Minister Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimi came to Rwanda with a delegation of 20 high-level officials from different UAE institutions and held talks with Rwandan officials. The Rwanda-UAE bilateral relations seek to develop economic cooperation in sectors including agriculture, infrastructure, tourism and energy.

Commenting on the visit, Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, said that the visit marks an important step towards building strong diplomatic ties between the two countries.

“We enjoy good relations with the UAE and this visit is an important milestone in strengthening bilateral cooperation,” she said.

In October last year, President Kagame visited Dubai to attend the 2nd Africa Global Business Forum where he met with several UAE senior government officials.

During their visit, Minister Ebrahim Al Hashimi and her delegation were received by President Kagame and visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Read more about their visit to the memorial