Republic of Rwanda
Office of the Government Spokesperson
17 August 2011
President Kagame to make official visit to France
President Kagame will make an official visit to France on 12-13 September 2011 at the invitation of President Nicolas Sarkozy. This follows President Sarkozy’s visit to Rwanda in February 2010 that marked a major step forward in diplomatic relations with France, which were renewed at the end of 2009. The upcoming official visit is the first by a Rwandan head of state since 1990.
Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo said;
“President Kagame’s visit to France is a significant milestone in closer relations between our two countries. The visit will be an opportunity to discuss how France and Rwanda can continue to work together, particularly in business and investment, building on the progress Rwanda has made in the last 17 years.”
In addition to a meeting with President Sarkozy in Paris, President Kagame will meet with the French business community and speak at the French Institute of International Relations. President Kagame will also meet with Rwandans living in France.