Although US President Donald Trump has not had any kind words to describe Africa, he has shocked the world by politely and gently referring to President Paul Kagame as a Friend.
“It’s an honour to have you as a friend,” President Trump said and later shook hands with President Kagame at a meeting held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (#WEF18) in Davos, Switzerland.
In a tweet shortly after the meeting, President Trump said that he held great discussions with his counterpart.
“It was an honour to meet with Republic of Rwanda President Paul Kagame this morning in Davos, Switzerland. Many great discussions! #WEF18,” Trump said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, President Kagame told media that he and Trump had “good discussions” on economic and trade issues.
Kagame is beginning a one-year term as head of the African Union, a 55-member continental body which he says is “looking forward to working with the United States.”
Accompanying President Kagame included; Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, Finance Minister Claver Gatete, Rwanda Development Board CEO Clare Akamanzi and Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board CEO Francis Gatare.
The US delegation consisted of; Secretary of State, National Security Adviser, Director of National Economic Council, and White House Press Secretary.
According to Rwanda government, both presidents reviewed bilateral relationship, discussed issues of interest to the African Union including peace and security, counterterrorism, U.S.-Africa trade, and African Union reform.
“President Kagame observed that many of the world’s fastest-growing economies are in Africa, and commended President Trump for the United States’ attention to the importance of economic development on the continent,” a statement on government website said.
During this meeting, the two leaders reaffirmed the pre-eminence of mutual understanding and agreed to work together to identify further ways to enhance strategic partnerships.
Rwanda, a longtime ally of the United States is strategically looking towards to courting for US investors especially to tap into opportunities in mining and petroleum exploration.