The American Embassy in Kigali hosted several Americans and friends in celebrations to mark the 242nd independence anniversary which also coincides with Rwanda’s Liberation day.
The Guest of honour at the celebrations was Rwanda’s Minister of Health, Diane Gashumba.
She said the USA and Rwanda share a lot in common including same date of celebration of liberation for freedoms and pursuit of liberties and freedoms and cooperation in many aspects including development, health, security and many others.
“On July 4th, Americans around the world celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence. Our founding fathers had a vision of a democratic nation where every individual would enjoy certain inalienable rights including “life, liberty and pursuit of Happiness,” said Ambassador Peter Vrooman.
The envoy said that with this shared anniversary, the people of Rwanda and United States should take this opportunity to reflect on the common principles that all people, having been created equal, are entitled to life, liberty and happiness.
During his speech, the envoy took the guests through his first 100days in office which he described as pursuit of shared prosperity through cultural exchanges, education , development, peacekeeping and business.
The embassy treated its guests to American dishes which was themed “A Taste of America”- the host show cased foods, drinks from across all regions of the United States.
“We have everything from Southern barbeque to Hawaiian Malasadas. Be sure to try Mangattan, the cocktail invented in my native New York state in the 1800s,” he told the guests.
The envoy emphasized that this gastro diplomacy was to celebrate the rich culinary and cultural diversity that connects America with many parts of the world.