Rwanda, Turkey sign new cooperation agreements

Rwanda and Turkey aim to lift up their ties with a new strategic framework and through practical cooperation, as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, ended a one-day visit to the country.

An official statement said that high level diplomatic delegations of the two countries signed three agreements focusing on cooperation in the fields of education, business targeting the clothing sector, manufacturing and mutual abolition of visas for holders of diplomatic passports.

The agreements were signed by the Turkish and Rwandan ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Louise Mushikiwabo respectively.

The statement said that the signing of the cooperation agreement would further advance the friendly relations between the two countries after Turkey officially opened a diplomatic representation’s office in Kigali.

The signing of the agreements comes at the time Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid official visit to two other East African nations – Uganda and Kenya – from 31 May to 3 June, marking the first time a Turkish President has visited the region.

It is said that Turkey had more than tripled the number of embassies it had in Africa since 2009 while flag carrier Turkish Airlines now had dozens of destinations on the continent including the Rwandan capital city, Kigali.