Ukraine to open embassy in Rwanda

Ukraine to open embassy in Rwanda

During his first-ever visit to Rwanda, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Vincent Biruta in Kigali and announced the opening of the Ukrainian embassy in the country.

That's according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ukrinform reports.

"In late 2022, President Volodymyr Zelensky set a clear task for Ukrainian diplomacy: to expand its presence in Africa. After careful analysis, we have planned the opening of new embassies in African countries, and one of them will open in Rwanda. The Rwandan side has already given official consent to the establishment of a Ukrainian diplomatic mission in Kigali," Kuleba said.

According to the ministry, Kuleba made his first visit to Rwanda on Africa Day and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (African Union).

During the negotiations, both ministers discussed in detail the Peace Formula of the President of Ukraine, which will help establish a just and lasting peace in Ukraine and guarantee security in the world, including in Africa. Kuleba invited Rwanda to join the implementation of the Peace Formula.

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"Ukraine's victory will significantly reduce Russia's negative influence on the African continent, which, with the help of fighters from the Wagner PMC, is destabilizing the internal situation in a number of African countries and is engaged in the illegal extraction of their minerals. It is essential to unite our efforts to counter common challenges and threats," Kuleba said.

Food security in Africa, Ukrainian grain exports as part of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the humanitarian Grain from Ukraine program were a separate topic of the negotiations.

Kuleba and Biruta signed a memorandum on political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of Ukraine and Rwanda.

They agreed that the first round of consultations would be held in an expanded format with the participation of representatives of various departments of Ukraine and Rwanda in order to outline specific common interests in the areas of trade, digitalization of public services, aerospace, construction, education and the pharmaceutical industry.

Kuleba and Biruta also agreed to hold a business forum in the near future with the participation of Ukrainian and Rwandan businesses. Finally, the minister invited his Rwandan colleague to visit Ukraine.

Photo: Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

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