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Meeting with President of Rwanda Paul Kagame

June 13, 2018, The Kremlin, Moscow

Vladimir Putin met with President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame to discuss various aspects of bilateral cooperation. The Rwandan leader came to Russia for the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, colleagues, I am very pleased to welcome you to Moscow.

Our Foreign Minister has visited you recently. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries. I am very pleased that we have this opportunity to talk about the development of our relations.

I hope you will have an interesting and pleasant time in Moscow during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame: Thank you, Mr President, for welcoming us and for the invitation to visit your country and also to be part of the FIFA World Cup. I want to congratulate you also on Russian Independence [Day] as well as the hosting of the World Cup.

Also I am happy that our relationship has so far lasted over 55 years. I am happy about that and look forward to strengthening our relationship further.

We had a very good visit by the Foreign Minister of your country, Mr Lavrov. He came with a delegation to Kigali. We are happy about that. We want to build on that momentum for strengthening our relationship which we want to continue to take further.

Mr President, I also want to thank you also for the support and the cooperation we are having in different fields that are very useful and productive to the development of our country.

These are the areas of education, training, defence cooperation as well, and other areas. And we are looking forward to having the private sector work in Rwanda, and look forward to hosting some of them from Russia to see the areas in which we could do investment and business.


June 13, 2018, The Kremlin, Moscow