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Sino-Rwanda Friendship Hits Apex

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Sino-Rwanda Friendship Hits Apex

Traffic in Kigali city can be described as water tight following the seal off of some major connecting roads from the Airport to Remera and Kacyiru.

Several motorists have to make longer diversions to access the city centre as long as the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping is still around for the whole day.

President Jinping arrived in Rwanda on Sunday for a state visit making him the first by a Chinese head of state to visit this country.

On Monday President Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were warmly received by Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his wife Jeannette Kagame at Village Urugwiro where the leaders held tête-à-tête, bilateral talks and press conference.

“We appreciate the contribution of China historically to the development of Rwanda and Africa in many areas that are very important to our citizens. We look forward to building more partnerships and gaining from China’s experience and capacity in many fields,” President Kagame said.

Diplomatic relations between Rwanda and China date back 47 years.

The two countries have treated each other as equals with sincerity and friendship, Xi said, adding that bilateral ties have undergone healthy and steady development.

Xi said he has felt the friendship of the Rwandan government and the people towards the Chinese people soon as he set foot on the country’s soil.

The Chinese President said that this was his first overseas trip since his election and Rwanda is an important stop.

“I have seen a country that is enjoying stability. I extend to President Kagame and people of Rwanda our heartfelt congratulations.”

In responce, President Kagame said he looks forward to more cooperation and deepening of bilateral relationships in different field of development, working together not only bilaterally but also on the global scene and supporting cooperation between China and Africa.

“The signing of bilateral agreements speaks for itself for what is possible between our two countries and between China and the continent of Africa,” Kagame said.

Rwanda is the third stop of Xi’s first overseas trip after being re-elected Chinese president in March, which has already taken him to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Senegal.

Xi will also pay a state visit to South Africa where he is scheduled to attend the 10th BRICS summit, and visit Mauritius during a stopover.

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