On 18 April 2015, President Paul Kagame joined other high level officials at the fourth edition of Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa and across the globe.
The forum was held in the city of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
Themed “Secularism and Politicised Faith”, the two-day forum brought together over 200 leaders from across Africa to discuss issues pertaining to security, and African-led security solutions.
President Kagame stressed that leaders should look beyond their personal interests to guarantee security for their communities.
He further added that they – leaders should stand against senseless loss of lives at the hands of terrorists.
“Hundreds of thousands of our people have been killed. Leaders of any kind, religious, business and government, we are better than accepting the rule of terror of those taking the lives of our people.”
As the forum seeks to ignite candid dialogue amongst leaders across sectors, President Kagame spoke about Rwanda’s history of extremism and hatred that led to the loss of a million lives in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The President further stressed that cooperation is key to finding a lasting solution to security threats on the continent.
“Leaders of countries need to be doing the very thing that protects the citizens to even be able to serve them. That can only be achieved through cooperation. We have to look beyond our borders. We cannot do it on our own.”
The Tana High-Level meeting is an annual forum that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions.