PM Modi’s visit of Rwanda – Continuing on his unnerving commitment of establishing excellent ties with countries all over the world, the Prime Minister visited Rwanda on Monday. PM Modi’s visit to Rwanda was the first of the three countries Narendra Modi will visit on his five day trip of Africa to strengthen relations and links with the African continent. With Africa being one of India’s top priority when it comes to the country’s foreign policy, the visit is not only a historic one, given the Prime Minister will be India’s first ever to visit Rwanda but will also affirm India’s commitment towards African countries and their development and causes.
The Prime Minister was given a red-carpet welcome at the Kigali International Airport by top dignitaries of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. His two-day visit of the country began with his interaction and bilateral meetings with President Paul Kagame, delegation-level talks and meetings with the business and the Indian communities.
During the PM Modi’s visit of Rwanda, a defence cooperation agreement is also expected to be signed between India and Rwanda, T S Tirumurti, secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said in New Delhi last week. India will also be opening a mission in Rwanda very soon, Tirumurti said. “During this visit, we expect to conclude two lines of credit — one of USD 100 million for development of industrial parks and Kigali special economic zone (SEZ), and another one for USD 100 million for agriculture and irrigation,” he said.
This line of credit was announced by Modi after successful meetings with the President. In a warm gesture, the Prime Minister also gifted 200 local cows to Rweru model village in Rwanda’s eastern province as India’s contribution to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s flagship “Girinka” programme. The government scheme which has benefitted nearly 3.5 lakh families in the country, sees low-income families being given a dairy cow by the government with its first-born calf being gifted to the family’s neighbour to promote brotherhood and a healthy livelihood and lifestyle.
Modi also visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay homage, gratitude and acknowledge the fact that during the 1994 genocide, no Indian was killed.
He later in the day spoke at the State Banquet hosted by the President which was covered in Indian colours to acknowledge one of the world’s most influential leader’s visit. The Indian Diaspora leaves a mark wherever it goes. The members of the Indian community are our ‘Rashtradoots’, said PM Narendra Modi as he addressed a gathering to chants of Modi, Modi!
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