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India to open a High Commission in Rwanda: PM Narendra Modi

Modi reached Kigali on Monday in the first leg of his three-nation tour to Africa, making it the first ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Rwanda.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 24, 2018 6:19 IST ]
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PM Narendra Modi in Rwanda

While addressing a gathering of Indian community members in Rwandan capital Kigali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India will soon open a High Commission in the East African nation on Rwanda.

"We will soon open a High Commission in Rwanda," said the prime minister stating that India and Rwanda were looking forward to further elevate their ties.

India's current High Commissioner to Rwanda has residence in Uganda.

Modi appreciated the steps that have been taken in Rwanada for peace, following the mass genocide against the Tutsi people by the majority Hutu government of 1994, that killed nearly 500,000 to one million people.

"For us, it is a matter of pride that India is a trusted development partner of Rwanda," Modi said.

"We have been helping Rwanda in capacity building, infrastructure development and ICT," he added.

Following the bilateral talks, India and Rwanda witnessed several agreements, including in the areas of defence, agriculture and dairy production.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame, during his address to the media, said that both sides discussed a range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

He also thanked India for its development aid cooperation with Rwanda.

Modi reached Kigali on Monday in the first leg of his three-nation tour to Africa, making it the first ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Rwanda.

He will also be marking a visit to Uganda and South Africa.

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