President Paul Kagame has said that the Algeria’s long history of liberation informed many other countries including Rwanda.
The President who is on a three-day state visit in the Arab country arrived yesterday in Algiers where he was received by the Speaker of the Council of the Nation, Abdelkader Bensalah and members of the government.
President Kagame began his state visit with a tour of the National Liberation Museum – which details Algeria’s Liberation struggle – where he laid a wreath at the Maqam Ehachid Monument (Martyr’s Memorial) in honour of the martyrs of Algeria’s War of Independence.
On the second day of his visit, the President met with Algeria’s Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.
After their meeting, President Kagame said that this visit is an opportunity to identify areas that can bring the two countries together.
He stressed that Algeria-Rwanda relations “should benefit our two countries and the continent with which we share challenges and opportunities.”
President Kagame’s visit to Algeria serves to build on the two countries long standing relationship and strengthen cooperation in both public and private sectors.
In December last year, Algeria opened its embassy in Rwanda with Mr. Djafri Abdelaziz, Minister Counselor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as its head.
He also met with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a bilateral meeting where both heads of state committed to strengthening ties including in the areas of investment.
On bilateral ties between the two countries, President Kagame added that partnerships should go beyond Rwanda and Algeria:
“We are happy to be here. It is an opportunity to identify areas of work that can bring us closer together. Our bilateral ties should benefit our two countries and the continent with whom we share challenges and opportunities,” President Kagame added.
Speaking to the press following his meeting with President Bouteflika, President Kagame pointed to Rwanda and Algeria longstanding relationship adding that both Rwanda and Algeria will continue to collaborate on key issues with other African countries to ensure the political, social and economic well-being of the people of both nations.
On his second visit to Algeria since 2004 during which he attended the NEPAD meeting, President Kagame also met with Algeria’s Speaker of the People’s National Assembly, Mohamed Larbu Oukd Khelifa. President Kagame will end the State Visit with a tour of the Tipaza Archelogical Park.