Rwanda is expected to host a high profile member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) a move that will push higher the relationship between the two nations.
During an exclusive interview with Hazza Alqathani the UAE envoy to Rwanda hinted on the high possibility that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces will visit Rwanda this year.
The envoy also revealed that the United Arab Emirates will open an embassy in Rwanda making it the only Arab country in the Gulf to open an embassy in Kigali.
According to Ambassador Alqathani, President Paul Kagame and the UAE crown prince are personal friends that have also met several times.
“It is not a secrete President Kagame is a very close friend of our own crown prince. Kagame has visited UAE several times and met with the leadership. Kagame has also invited the crown prince to visit Rwanda.”
“When the crown prince visits Rwanda he will come with a big business delegation from Abudabi , Dubai and all the emirates,” He said, adding that the delegation will be surveying opportunities available in Rwanda.
Earlier in March Rwanda and the UAE signed a deal for skills transfer.
“We signed an MOU with government of Rwanda to provide 20 scholarships to Rwandan students to continue their Higher education in UAE,” Alqathani told Taarifa.
The UAE also signed a MOU to train hundred Rwandan females in hospitality and tourism management.
In 2016, President Kagame was received in UAE by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander.
Their meeting also focused on increasing cooperation between the two countries, particularly in economic, commercial and investment fields.
The two leaders also discussed bilateral ties, as well as steps to enhance them.
Meanwhile, the most recent visit by President Kagame to UAE was in November 2017 when he was received by the crown prince.
Both parties reviewed bilateral cooperation regarding economic, investment, development and political issues of common concern, and opportunities for developing the cooperation in a way that serves their common interests.
Kagame reiterated his interest and efforts to establish the best relations with the UAE and benefit from its successful development experience.