Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. The memorial has been built to honour over 2.5 lakh victims of Rwanda’s mass killings in 1994.
The Prime Minister gifted 200 cows to villagers as part of Rwandan government’s Girinka programme. The function to mark the handing over of cows was held at Rweru Model Village in the presence of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Prime Minister arrived in Kigali yesterday on a two-day visit to the country. Mr.Modi held delegation-level talks with Rwandan President in Kigali last night. Mr Modi and Mr Kagame held wide-ranging talks and discussed measures to boost the bilateral strategic ties.
The two countries signed eight agreements following delegation-level talks. The two countries signed agreements in the fields of Defence, Trade, Agriculture, Leather and allied products and Dairy. India also extended two Lines of Credit of 100 million US dollars each – one for development of industrial parks and Kigali Special Economic Zone, and the other for three agricultural projects in Rwanda.
Addressing a joint press conference, Mr Modi said, India will soon open a High Commission in Rwanda which will not only establish communication between the governments of the two countries but also enable facilities for consular, passport and visa.
The Prime Minister said, it is a matter of honour for India as it stood with Rwanda in their economic development journey, adding that New Delhi will continue to back the African nation’s development.
In his remarks, Mr Kagame said, Mr Modi’s visit represents a milestone in the long-standing friendship and co-operation between Rwanda and India.
Later, Mr Modi interacted with the Indian community. Addressing the gathering, he said, the Indian diaspora is making a mark all over the world and they are the country’s Ambassadors. He said, he is happy to note that the Indian community is contributing towards the progress of Rwanda and is doing a lot of community service.
The Prime Minister will leave for Uganda later today on the second leg of his three-nation visit to African countries. Mr. Modi will attend the 10th BRICS Summit at Johannesburg in South Africa on the last leg of his five-day visit.