New Delhi, July 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left for Rwanda on his five-day, three-nation tour of Africa. During his tour, the Prime Minister will be visiting Uganda and South Africa. “Embarking on a momentous journey to strengthen our historical bond with Africa,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.
Upon PM Modi’s arrival in Rwanda, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame personally came to receive him. The Prime Minister further received a ceremonial reception at Kigali International Airport.
During their meeting, PM Modi and Paul Kagame witnessed the signing of agreements between the two countries. “We are going to open a High Commission in Rwanda. This will not only establish communication between our respective govts but also enable facilities for consular, passport, visa & others,” ANI quoted PM Modi as saying. Narendra Modi added that “India and Rwanda relationships have stood the test of time. It is a matter of honour for us that India has stood with Rwanda in their economic development journey”.
Meanwhile, Paul Kagame said, “This visit, the first by an Indian PM, represents a milestone between the long-standing friendship and cooperation between Rwanda and India.”
It must be noted that from Rwanda, Modi will reach Uganda on July 24 in what will be the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to that country in 21 years. From Uganda, the Prime Minister will reach South Africa on July 25 where he will attend this year’s Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) Summit.
“India shares close, warm and friendly relations with Africa which are cemented by robust development partnership and a large presence of the Indian diaspora,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a pre-departure statement. “A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of defence, trade, culture, agriculture and dairy cooperation are scheduled to be signed during the visit,” it stated.
This is Modi’s second official visit to mainland Africa after he visited Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya in 2016.